The Pragmatist is a thin-bodied, lightweight shred guitar. Straightforward in it's design and unmistakably solid in construction.
Scarf joint neck, exotic woods and a matte finish. Deluxe Pragmatist models come standard with a Schaller "Hannes" bridge, Lollar Pickups, or Bare Knuckle pickups.
Starting at $2500 usd
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25.5" scale length
ebony fretboard (standard)
1.656" nut width
12" to 16" compound radius
The entire instrument weighs under 6 lbs
jumbo pyramid fretwire (standard)
ultra thin body (1.5" thick)
two-way truss rod
exotic wood tops, wood or composite binding
your choice of tuning machines
matching truss rod cover
chambered body- reduces weight, contributes to tonal characteristics
A Bit About Headstocks…
The guitar-playing community has more than a few things to say about headstocks and their effect on tone. I find that most changes you make to a guitar end up being a give-and-take. More mass seems to increase sustain, at the expense of some attack and what I’d describe as a fundamental tone of single notes.
Reverse headstocks are standard, but we still offer a traditional orientation to our customers. Jimi Hendrix popularized reverse headstocks with tone-chasing players when he played his right-handed guitar left-handed. Why reverse headstocks? The distance of string from the nut to the tuners vibrate when played, and contribute to the tonal characteristics of the instrument. I love the way a long low string contributes to the tone, especially with distortion. It seems to provide a wider spectrum of overtones in the low end frequencies.
Keeping with the lightweight theme of the Pragmatist guitars, the headstock has as little mass as I feel comfortable getting away with. More attack, and a more interesting tonal characteristic on the low strings is what I’m going for. Most of my customers seem to be interested in drop tunings, and this lends itself to that.
You may notice that I utilize a scarf-joint style of headstock. This wastes less wood when making a neck, and increases the stiffness in that area. Using exotic woods, I feel some responsibility to be a good steward of the woods and waste as little as I can. This also presents a nice opportunity to use different woods for the headstock area of the neck only, giving us the freedom to cater to different customers unique tonal needs. The walnut-topped guitar below has a Butternut (or White Walnut) headstock, which is amazingly lightweight but incredibly stiff. The rosewood topped guitar below has a laminated neck below the scarf joint of rosewood and Black Limba, with a solid piece of Black Limba above.