Rick brought this to Summer Slaughter when we played in NYC a few days ago.
It really is just something else when it comes to guitar design and philosophy.
Now I didn't tell him what I wanted so much as I told him what sort of aesthetic I was into, and from there he interpreted my answers and made a guitar that he thought I would like and that would be appropriate for me.
Honestly I have never played anything like this before, in some ways I feel like this is Guitar 2.0. Everything about the guitar, from its shape to hardware and control placement is very deliberate. A truly ergonomic guitar, and thanks to the Swamp Ash body and fully Aluminum Neck, it has this insane attack to it.
The pickups were custom made for the instrument by Steve Blucher from Dimarzio, as the Aluminum neck gives the guitar certain tonal properties that are different from a wood necked guitar.
Very excited to keep using this on tour, it really is something else!
Here are pics:
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Rick Toone | Luthier: S2 | Guitar
This is perhaps the most literal interpretation of "metal guitar". The headstock is a bottle opener.
And despite the neck being absolutely absurdly thin, it's VERY playable.