K R O N O S . F R E T L E S S . 6 - S T R I N G
I've not much to say that this instrument can't say on its own. This amazing guitar is a semi-hollow, fretless, 6-string, revised Kronos design. A center block runs down the middle of the body until just beyone the string ends. The rest is completely hollow. I've even gone so far as to carve out the backside of the walnut top for a better acoustic response.
Here's a quick and dirty demo of the guitar's sound, an informal composition and performance I recorded as a means to convey some of the properties of this instrument, not the least of which is its potential for expression:
last2.mp3 (2 megs)
The bridge is sculpted ebony with a maple saddle. The body is soft maple topped with walnut. The neck is also made of walnut and maple with a katalox fretboard into which I've inlaid cocobolo veneer for fretlines.
You may have noticed that there is no control panel on the back of the guitar. With a simple electronic configuration such as this, I prefer to install the controls through the opening made for the jack plate.
The inlaid "J" is a new logo for me, this one being figured walnut set into a black-dyed faceplate. I've not abandoned my usual "WJJ" logo, as I'll use either one, depending on my mood and the instrument.
The ebony bridge is a floater, meaning that it's held in place by string tension only. I've been incorporating an increasing amount of sculpting into each new guitar I build and find that I really prefer these types of bridges, so look for many more in the future. They do require a bit of work, both in their construction and set-up, but the result is well worth the extra effort.
semi-hollow soft maple w/ walnut top
Neck: walnut w/maple, drop-down 3x3 headstock, dual-action trussrod
Fretboard: fretless katalox w/sapwood, 24 frets, 12" radius, cocobolo slots
Nut: graphite, 1.70" width
Pickups: single Kent Armstrong humbucker, covered
Switching: volume control only
sculpted ebony floating bridge w/hard maple saddle
Tuners: black Wilkinson 3x3
Finish: Tru-oil over all
Price: $7,000 SOLD
This particular instrument was sold by one of my representatives, Fine Guitar Consultants.
A similar instrument is available through my representative Cliff Cultreri and is featured on this page. Please contact myself via email or Cliff at the DAG hotline: 919-552-3047. If the instrument is unavailable, I'll be happy to discuss building you one.
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