ubertar wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:00 pm
kslight wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:09 pm
Double sided headless guitar? Received this today for review
So how do you like it? That neck looks insanely thick... seems awkward. Looks like guitar scale... are the bass strings extra thick to be tight enough at pitch, or are they tuned higher than normal? Interesting idea, but I don't see the advantage vs. having more strings on the same side, like a 6-string bass or 7 or 8 string guitar. Who wants to flip the instrument around to get to the rest of the range?
Seems like more of a novelty than something that serves a practical need. I imagine it was designed by a luthier who is not a musician.
Ha I understand completely, it is an odd concept. I received this as a review unit so not entirely sure of practicality, but will definitely give it a go. I expect that this could be useful for looper using musicians (like myself). That to me seems like the biggest potential application. Or perhaps the bassist that needs to switch to guitar/vice versa over the course of the set...which sounds unusual but I know of at least a couple touring bands where they only had one or two guitar players and no dedicated bass player, and that player would use a double-neck to switch to bass several times mid-set. So I could see perhaps that person finding this useful.
The whole thing is 34" tall, 1.75" thick neck (about the leg of a table), 25.5" scale guitar side, 30" scale bass side, weighs just under 10 pounds. I find the bass tension adequate, though I am accustomed to short scale basses. I don't have a set of calipers but eyeballing it I guess the low E is probably .095 or .1. Tuned standard. The guitar strings needed replaced out of the box, and I play with 11-52s primarily, so I installed those on the guitar side. I only tuned it standard, but I don't see the guitar side having any trouble if I wanted to detune a bit. Locking nut on both sides. Intonation is spot on, and once I setup the R-trem style bridge the guitar stays in tune like a champ.
To my knowledge the inventor is a musician.
I thought the thickness of the neck would be an issue but I have no trouble at all adjusting.
It is a little strange that the guitar side doesn't have a bridge pickup, though. The electronics that are there aren't bad, certainly not the worst Chinese pickups I've heard. I actually like the P on the bass side.