After displaying off a intelligent folding system for its ascend journey guitar at NAMM 2019, Ciari Guitars has returned to the music trade expo with a less expensive mannequin rocking a brand new look courtesy of luthier legends Grover Jackson and Joe Glaser and a brand new folding mechanism.
Although you’ll be able to simply stuff your prized instrument in a tender gig bag for brief journeys or a gig-van-ready arduous case for the pains of life on the street, that lengthy neck bolted or glued to the physique is simply asking for snappy bother. Over time, we have seen an excellent many designs geared toward making the guitar much more travel-friendly – some chopping issues again to the fundamentals or shrinking down physique and neck, and others that collapse down into key parts or fold the neck over the physique.
Ciari’s Ascender falls into the lattermost class of journey guitars, however takes a delightfully completely different path to a lot of its neck-foldin’ cousins. For its pro-level Customized guitars, the neck is hinged in two locations, there is a superbly sophisticated truss rod mechanism and a administration system to maintain strings neat throughout journey and tensioned for play.
This folding system has been utterly redesigned for the Normal collection “to be tremendous intuitive, low profile and with diminished weight for enhanced ease of use.”
As earlier than the neck hinge folds in two locations – at fret positions 12 and 14 – however the mechanism lever is now housed throughout the central physique cavity as a substitute of the decrease horn and pulls down like a classic industrial energy change to unlock for fold and journey within the provided quilted gig bag or optionally available backpack.
When it is time to play, the guitarist merely pulls the neck away from the physique to lock and cargo. The folded size is available in at 18.5 inches (469.9 mm), and the guitar unfolds to 36.5 in (927.1 mm).
The basswood physique in pure, nano-satin black, seafoam, crimson or blue stays a single-cut however is rather less Les Paul and extra trendy offset courtesy of Jackson and Glaser. It options Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups chosen by three-way toggle plus tone and quantity controls, with coil break up, and a Tune-o-Matic curler bridge.
The headstock design can be the work of the 2 famed luthiers, which is house to locking tuners and ends a bolt-on 24.75-inch scale mahogany neck with a pau ferro fingerboard and 22 frets.
All in, the brand new mannequin ideas the scales at round 7.15 lb (3.2 kg) and is up for pre-order now for a deposit of US$100 towards a ticket value of $1,799.
Product web page: Ascender Normal