Of interest, somewhere ixlramp mentioned [I think !!] that perhaps you should be considering a single region instrument... I think he said that, I could be wrong... and I think it's even possible that you might have brought up the NS Stick....
Well, after much agonizing on my part - where I came so close to going with a Grand Stick, I am so glad i didn't because a] I already have a M.Megatar in Classis tunign for a Grand Stick and b] I am finding that with me, less is more.
Much of this summer was spent studying the styles and history of Trey Gunn, going back to Guitar Craft when Trey lived in NYC.
I make no secret that I am a huge fan of Treys, and while I felt his time with the Grand Stick was very very adventurous - he would not be where he is today if it was not for the creations of Mark Warr.
When Trey switched from Grand Stick to 8 string Warr Guitar during the K.C. double trio tours - something happened which set the path for Trey's future as a truly unique and gifted player.
Something also happened which would set the path to very serious wrist injuries, altering Treys path - but thankfully not stopping in it.
In art, there is always a price to pay.
Where I am going with this is I suddenly realized that I have to work with less in order to get more, hence my sudden switch over to 8 string Sticks.
I truly feel with the direction which you are showing here in your music - that it is possible that the NS Stick might be an instrument which would truly suit your needs, especially since it has that retractable damper...
Mine I am going to set up in single region 8 String Guitar Intervals [it's currently IMR God knows why........] because that is a real REAL rocking tuning !!!
My used SB-8 which is now being pushed into next year due to business needs at S.E. will be Interior Matched Reciprocal, because that instrument I want to be more of a bass instrument.
The new RB-8 will be set up Crafty - single region because I am seeking maximum tonal range there.
The RB-8 might actually make it later this year !!
But there is a real serious drive in your music, pushing the boundries and while I feel the Railboard is pushing you in the right direction, perhaps something with even less strings might work even better.
By the way - I'm getting rid of that rod that comes with the NS Stick and I will be putting a strap button in one of the holes which that rod picked up.
*If it works for Warr and Megatar, along with numerous other instruments - it will certainly work with the NS Stick.
But seriously, your music is really amazing, it gets my blood pumping, which is always a good thing 😉
I'd love to hear you playing with a band - because I am assuming this is you in the studio doing all the magic.............
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