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Aristides 020 White Gold
Jul04

Aristides 020 White Gold

It’s not often that the first thing that has you fall in love with a guitar is the tone. I had not come across Aristides Instruments until a couple of days ago when Jordy Markus contacted me. I browsed the website and what took my eye most was this 020 ‘White Gold’ model. What blew me away, though, was this video demo: Just love that clean tone! I know there’s bags of reverb there, but what a warm, open, but amazingly sparkly tone? There are plenty of video demos on the Aristides website if you want to explore the high gain¬†possibilities¬†and some guitars are brilliant instruments for metal. Where does that tone come from though? Well, these guitars are not made from wood. They are made from a material called Arium. To quote from the website: Arium is a material produced from different special resins and microscopically small vibrationsensitive glass particles. A wear-resistant cover made of glass and carbon fiber protects the sensitive mixture when it is inserted in its Aluminum mould. The material has several advantages as compared to wood: wood cannot vibrate in the direction of the fiber and it therefore forces sound waves to resonate only two-dimensionally. Arium in contrast, has no fiber structure and it vibrates three-dimensionally, which does not only extend the sustain considerably, but also enhances the acoustic sound volume. As it does not contain any water, it is more stable than wood, it reacts less to temperature fluctuations and humidity, has a conspicuously more stable tuning, and requires less maintenance. Fifteen years of research led to a tonematerial with amazing acoustic features. The possibility to build an one-piece construction combined with the unique cell-structure of the material resulted in a revolutionary property: the sound waves could resonate three dimensional without any disruption throughout the whole instrument. Well – hearing is believing. Would love to get my hands on one some day! http://www.aristidesinstruments.com/ Share...

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Abel Axe aluminium guitars
Mar10

Abel Axe aluminium guitars

According to a page on the Delaney Guitars website, the aluminium Abel Axe is about to be revived. “The Abel Axe, popular with guitarists in the mid to late nineties, is back with a vengeance. From shredders to jazz masters, to fusion aficionados, to Vai and Satriani wannabes, all loved the unique, powerful sustain and tone they got from their Abel Axe. Now they are back. Jeff Abel has teamed up with Mike Delaney of Delaney Guitars to custom build the Abel Axe of your choice. From the T-6 Billet Aluminum bodies to the custom neck and electronics, these guitars will be built to order in Jeff ‘s and Mike’s shops in the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana.” The idea doesn’t rock my boat but clearly there’s something unique and appealing enough about aluminium guitars to warrant continued production. At time of writing there is no live official dedicated website (although there is a splash holding page here). The following is from the Abel Axe Guitar Fansite should you wish to know more right now: Abel Axe guitars were designed by Jeff Abel1 of Wyoming and manufactured by Abel Axe LLC between 1994 and ~1996 and again in ~2001 with body slots instead of holes. Less than 250 1994-1996 Abel Axe guitars exist -if even that many. Specs can be found in their brochure with the following additions from my own observations and from conversations with Jeff Abel: Body Styles: Small Strat-type body with holes available with a trem or fixed bridge. You’ll notice subtle differences in hole beveling, spacing, and drilling depth if you examine the pictures closely. There was a single humbucker Abel Axe made with slots instead of holes (see Gallery). It appears to have come with a 21-fret Strat-head neck and a Kent Armstrong pickup. I don’t know how many of these one-hums comprise the ’94-’96 run. Pickups: The very first batch (a dozen or so less) were released with DiMarzio humbuckers: PAF Pro in the neck position and Tone Zone in the bridge position. These were replaced almost immediately by Kent Armstrong pickups (at one point manufactured by Sky pickups): HRE-1 in the neck position and HSDE-1 in the bridge position. These pickups are now called WPU10CLOSE|CLOSED COVER/BLACK and WPU11CLOSE|CLOSED COVER/BLACK and are sold through www.wdmusic.com. Nut: I’ve seen graphite, bone, and the locking nut that goes with the Kahler trem. Tuners: Sperzel Trimlok locking tuners. Frets: Dunlop 6100 or Dunlop 6105 equivalent, nickel silver composition. Bridges: The vibrato bridge was a Kahler flatmount (also called Kahler pro) patent number 4457201 DS. The fixed bridge was model WD101 sold by WD Music Supply OR...

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