I’m strongly considering adding a tapper to my line up of Oakland Axe Factory instruments. My personal “must have” checklist is as follows
Relatively affordable (under $1000 shipped)
Made from only the best materials and parts
I’m thinking that the one piece body will be made from 70lbs HDU and capped with a Richlite fretboard. I’ll use an 8 string Hipshot Headless guitar system on it and a single Lace Alumatone pickup. I’m undecided on the scale length but would probably go with something between 27” and 30”.
Some design considerations that I have are as follows-
Tappers don’t need guitar shaped neck profiles so I’d be inclined to keep the back of the neck squared off with the edges eased for comfort. This will give the guitar maximum stability and rigidity and negate the need for a truss rod or additional reinforcement inside the neck. This will positively impact the affordability of the instrument.
I’d like to keep the overall length well under 36” which can be done easily by keeping the scale at or under 30”. This will aid in travel and transport of the instrument.
In order to keep everything as affordable as possible I’d like to keep options down to hardware and pickup color.
I mentioned using HDU and Richlite for this and my concern is that wood tends to move, particularly during travel and seasonal changes.
As minimal as possible to keep costs, weight and size down.
I’d love to hear what the group thinks about this.