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Bison

About the Instrument

Due to its specifics, this project was based on Strandberg guitars.
The initial conditions were as follows:
1. A set of 9 strings of caliber .010 – .100.
2. The instrument had to be from one piece of wenge.
3. Had to be headless – tuning on bridges.
4. Multi-scale fingerboard.
5. Maximum ergonomics, balance and minimum weight for specified characteristics.
Wenge is not a light wood, therefore there weren’t many options for the shape concept: either Steinberger or Strandberg.
Because the customer still wanted to have a standard guitar body, the form factor Strandberg was automatically chosen.
The main difficulty was balancing. With a scale of 27″-31″ (baritone-bass), two anchors and nine strings, the neck turned out to be massive and heavy, despite the absence of head and pins. We had to prudently fix the body with a constant weighing until the point of balance was found in the right place.
As a result, after all these manipulations we achieved the balance of the body and the neck with a total weight of the instrument at 4.2 kg.
As a tuning mechanism we used the locking headless tuner Mera Guitars – Submarine II, which can withstand straining of .010 – .100 strings even in the standard system E.

NameBison
Body WoodWenge
Neck WoodWenge
Fretboard Wood Macassar Ebony
Scale Length27”/31”
Frets26 Sintoms 2.3 mm (bell bronze)
TunersCustom Made
BridgeSubmarine II
PickupsFokin Custom 9
FinishMatt Lacquer
Bison