PHOTOS: TOONE & TOWNSEND Element™ Stealth™ machined aircraft aluminum guitar neck. Hipshot open gear locking tuners.
It is very rare for any engineering project to proceed from concept to sketch to CAD to CNC to testing to production...without any changes. Design is always a dance: forward, backward, sidestep. Misstep.
Somehow, though we nailed this incredibly challenging neck on the first pass. Poured from my imagination into Ryan's capable hands for translation into electrons. From there to Bart & Brad for translation into machine-speak and out onto the floor to make aluminum chips.
Strung it up, tested it, and zing. Perfect.
I would especially like to thank Josh, James, and Ray for their exceptional machining on this first-ever Element™ headstock neck. Together they carried the ball all the way down the field. Ray, especially, sifting through some complex MasterCam programming code...sweet work from a fellow Northeaster stranded here in the Texas heat. I owe him a Yeungling or three, if we can ever get them distributed west of the Mississippi.
So this instrument is a one-off prototype but it hints strongly at what I'm thinking for a production 6-string guitar...
PHOTOS: Swamp ash with a modern Nitro burst. Custom DiMarzio OEM Vintage pickups designed by Steve Blucher & Eric Corpus. 3D control surface. Carbon fiber pickguard. TOONE & TOWNSEND bridges.