Progress Report

Sometimes I just want to share what I've been up to. Here's a look at the seven-string headless guitar you first saw here.

Those huge hollow chambers will not only lighten the guitar up a lot, they'll provide plenty of area for the top plate to vibrate. The front of this guitar is made out of lovely red (also known as adirondack) spruce from Quebec, often considered to be the absolute best soundoard material around. I anticipate some warm, complex and rich tone from this one...

The neck is also departure from the ordinary. Take a look:

That's Rick Toone's patented Trapezoid Neck Profile™ (TNP™) (US pat. D630,676), implemented at the request of the customer. It looks awkward, what with those corners, but I can tell just from holding it that it really is a very comfortable neck profile; and more importantly it promotes healthy hand position habits. I can't wait to see how it turns out with strings on.