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Blog entry by Dr_Unix posted 1985 days ago 9272 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across an interesting guitar design on Yanko Design and was wondering what woodworkers and guitar players think. Does anyone see any problems with the design? Would it play, sound the same as a normally shaped electric guitar?

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rikkor

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#1 posted 1985 days ago

It doesn’t look like it would be easy to tune. I also wonder how much sustain it would generate with the body shaped like it is. I mean the area that’s half thickness where the tuners are.

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BassBully

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#2 posted 1985 days ago

It looks gorgeous but I think the tuning knobs are going to get bumped quite a bit or caught on clothing in that position.

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doyoulikegumwood

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#3 posted 1985 days ago

i have to agree it very butiful but tuning would be a pain in the but i dont know about any sustain problems cus if you think about it thiers more support back their then up on the neck.but i dont really dont know im not a very good guitar player lol.

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closetguy

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#4 posted 1985 days ago

It plays and sounds just like any other electric guitar. This is not a new design. Rear tuning keys were popular back in the 80’s on certain guitars with unique designs. They referred to them as “headless” guitars. Eddie Van Halen played one on certain songs during his live concerts. People who buy guitars like the one in the picture usually display them rather than play them, even though it probably sounds just fine. Occasionally, small custom guitar makers will design a “one off” guitar to showcase their skills. It will generally play as good, if not better than the finest ones available, but the cost is so high that only collectors will buy them.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 1984 days ago

It’s a very unique looking design, but I think it would be more convenient to

have the tuning keys indented into the backside below the bridge.

That way you could retain the guitars shape.

Maybe someone has already done this?

My second thought is, that my idea wouldn’t work.

It would be hard to pluck the strings while tuning.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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HybridIndie

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#6 posted 1984 days ago

As both a guitar and bass player for almost 25 years (amongst Mandolin, Banjo and Piano), and teacher. These designs that deviate from the traditional design of some of the oldest Dreadnaught acoustics are more “art” pieces than anything. A true instrument needs to be comfortable and above all balanced. Positioning the tuning keys on the bout of the guitar makes it bottom heavy and with everything else you have to do as a musician, holding the guitar “down” in a comfortable position, sitting or standing, is neither something you want to do or should have to do. This is one of the hardest things to teach and get across, cause like automobiles, we like beauty sometimes much more then practicality. I attune it to a woodworker delivering cabinets with a Prius, not really practical. Though there is something to be said about someone who can both design and execute these deviation from the traditional, now weather or not it plays well is quite a different story.

The headless guitars of the 80’s (and even currently) we designed by Steinberger and were targeted more towards the student and now the computer musician due to it MIDI interfacing and and extremely light weight and size. Though they did become popular with the 80’s bands and some others, but they were more for show in my opinion as they were easy to play and move, but the sound lacked tremendously. Even electric guitars are drastically affected by poor tone wood choices and extreme lack of wood volume and mass.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 1984 days ago

Thanks for your explanation about guitars HybridIndie.

As long as we’re on the subject of guitars, I’d like to show off the one I made.

Click for details

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Tim Pletcher

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#8 posted 1669 days ago

This design is very similar to what Ned Steinberger designed in the early eighties. The idea of the headless instrument is balance. I think this design is fantastic!

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