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Murph

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Just happened to look up the old Tappistry site to see what was going on and found that it is reborn. Welcome back to life Tappistry! Kinda sad to see the archives wiped though. Some really great stuff in there. I'm not really a for-real touchstyle guy. I'm a guitar player who sort of dabbles in tapping. The only tapping instrument I have is an original Solene.

Anyway, I know that Rich Eberlen, the developer of the Solene, has re-vamped his web presence, and so I thought I'd throw the link up here for people who may be looking for it.

http://www.fretboardexplorer.com/index.html

Rich has expanded into some other things as you'll see on the site but is still developing and selling the Solene as well. His latest Solene's are gorgeous and sound and play great.

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The only tapping instrument I have is an original Solene.

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Wow! That sound pretty interesting. Do you play it? What tuning is it in? Send us a picture of it. Your experiences with this instrument would make wonderful stories for members of this forum.

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Rich Eberlen, the developer of the Solene, has re-vamped his web presence...


This is great information that has escaped my touchstyle explorations. I'll certainly look through the site.

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Really would love to hear some first hand experience.


I remember hearing about those on the previous tappistry and always thinking how cool they looked.
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I owned a Solene at one time.  The action was low, and the sound was good.  The instrument was light in weight.  The thing looked really cool, and could have been displayed as some sort of minimalist sculpture on its original stand.  I bought it used and it was an early model.  The original ones were made from an aluminum pipe.  The current ones are, too, but the neck has a slot for the left thumb now, running parallel to the strings, so the thumb does not need to reach around the whole diameter of the pipe.  My guess is that this has improved the ergonomics of the instrument.

There is a CD of music on the Solene, called Tapping The Pipeline, and it is a good CD. 

As far as I know, it was the first aluminum tapping instrument. 

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Hi Don,

I was into the Solene at one time and had worked out a few things but haven't put real time into it in quite a while. It is fun to play and has a nice unique sound to it. It has the same scale size and tuning of a regular 7-string guitar. That is, like a standard 6-string with an additional low-B string. So it is easy to jump into for a guitar player since the patterns are the same. From a playing perspective the two things that make it unique are the tight radius and the slanted frets. Since it is made out of an aluminum pipe, the fingerboard radius is the same as the pipe, which I think is about 3.5 inches or so. The originals like mine had individual passive pickups for each string and an onboard pre-amp. They now come with dual customized rails-type humbuckers. A nice thing about the slanted frets is you are never jamming your fingers together to play fourths on adjacent strings, yet it is still easy to barre with one finger.

Tapladder is right about the cutaway. It used to be that your left thumb was resting on the pipe, which was not ergonomically the greatest, especially in certain positions. But for quite a while they have had a large cutaway on the back, and a guitar neck-like wooden insert that makes it much more comfortable to play.

Rich has been doing some of the trade shows this past year so if he continues doing that, depending on where you are, you may get a chance to play one. He showed at Summer NAMM this year and also was at the Dallas and Arlington TX guitar shows. If he shows at the Dallas show in the spring next year I'll try to remember to post here.

btw the Solene used to have it's own small section on Traktor's history of touchstyle page but doesn't seem to be there anymore. Speaking of which, anyone know what Traktor is up to? It looks like maybe he retired or something?
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Anyway, I know that Rich Eberlen, the developer of the Solene, has re-vamped his web presence, and so I thought I'd throw the link up here for people who may be looking for it.

http://www.fretboardexplorer.com/index.html
Wow, that's a nice sound for a guitar based tapping technique. I've been tempted getting an 8-stringed guitar that I imagine could be played that way. The Solene demonstrator gets some really low bass notes; do you know if the one in the video is tuned in fifths?
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sorry for the delay...holidays. The Solene is tuned just like a 7-string guitar i.e. in fourths with the G-B exception. So BEADGBE. It does have a nice meaty sound on the low B string. Not sure what accounts for this specifically.
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