Custom Instruments

Although just about every instrument we make is customized and unique in one way or another, some instruments just don’t fit any other category. Shown here are some examples of custom instruments we have made.

Xavier Padilla

Listen to Open Wings by Xavier Padilla

This bass is as custom as custom could ever be. Xavier is a man who thinks deeply – about his music, his technique, and his instrument. This is evidenced by his career, from backing up Celia Cruz as a kid to touring the world with the Gipsy Kings. After suffering severe pain from DeQuervain’s syndrome in his arm and subsequently receiving the maximum number of cortisone injections, he made some changes to his technique, and he also had a dream. He dreamed of a bass with a twisted neck to ease the pressure in his wrists and arms. He woke and told himself it was impossible.

The design of Xavier’s bass was a real collaboration. Thanks to the wonders of e-mail, we communicated back and forth from the United States to France, trading drawings and discussing and debating many details, material and philosophical. Both a friendship and a bass emerged.

The bass has many features that are unique, to say the least, and each one was done with careful consideration of its purpose. We plan to dedicate more space to Xavier and the story and details of his bass in the near future.

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Torzal neck for Klein Electric 6-string guitar

The Klein electric guitar is heralded by many as a masterpiece of brilliant ergonomic design. From the headless neck to the ergonomic form and function of the body, every aspect is design to better fit the body.

To take this design one step further and replace the straight neck with a Torzal twisted neck seemed only natural—a perfect marriage!

This neck features 14 degrees of twist. Starting at 0 degrees at the bridge it rotates to –14 degrees at the nut (or “zero” fret, in this case). All other dimensions duplicate the original Klein neck. This neck is made from hard maple with a birdseye maple fingerboard and stainless steel frets.

 

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One-piece birdseye 30” scale 26 fret Torzal bass neck with ebony fingerboard

One-piece birdseye 30” scale 26 fret Torzal bass neck with ebony fingerboard. Commissioned by Bas Wittenberg, and incredible bass builder from Barendrecht, Netherlands. A wonderful collaboration – we made the through-neck portion, and he built the body and finished the instrument. Check out some of his amazing creations at www.bas-extravaganza.nl.

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25” scale Firebird style guitar

25” scale Firebird style guitar built for Jesse, co-creator of our website. This guitar has a 3 piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck which runs through the body as a core, with the quilted maple body top and back covering both sides. The guitar has two Rio Grande humbuckers plus a TonePros/LR Baggs piezo bridge and saddles. For controls, it has: neck volume, bridge volume, piezo volume, and mag tone control. The upper horn 3-way switch selects the mags: neck/both/bridge. One lower 3-way switch selects mags/everything/piezo. The other 3-way switch selects outer mag coils/all coils (humbucking)/inner coils.
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