VIDEO: Brad Macchioni test flies the eight.
I think the Universe has a mischievous smile watching me complete this eight string guitar.
An inspired brainstorm leading to Tosin Abasi's Blur launched a two year R&D odyssey in pursuit of the perfect eight string neck machined entirely from solid aircraft aluminum. It's here. Arrived.
I guess you could count the cost in terms of tens of thousands of dollars invested, relationships severed, a list of bruised egos: failed machinists, machine shops, CAD engineers, and prototypes. But I see only a symbol...
Bart Townsend never once took his eye off the target as we maintained our connection across time, distance, money, and emotional landscapes to safely land this neck invention on the flight deck. Perhaps it's no coincidence this present moment comes, in Texas, right here in his machine shop.
Bart...thank you for always believing.
PHOTOS: The first of its kind in the world. Blue magenta alien reptile finished master grade quartersawn curly maple. DiMarzio OEM proprietary pickups. TOONE & TOWNSEND precision components. And a body so light and balanced and responsive...it must be played to be believed.