Wednesday, June 2, 2010

'Phaser' Nine String Stereo Guitar

A nine string guitar, with higher strings in double courses. This design was popular in the 70s, and I find it much more functional than a regular 12 string guitar, as the low courses do not have octave pairs.
I designed a tremolo arm that controls only 6 of the strings, creating a phase difference between the double course strings when bending. This effect is especially cool when the guitar is played through a distortion pedal, as it creates a tremolo effect.
The two pickups are positioned parallel to each other, which allows for the lower and higher courses to be played through different effects and amps. The guitar can also be played in a mono configuration.