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https://www.meetmusic.com/news/artikel/65-16169/kelstone

I found this photo gallery while investigating how easy it may be to build a horizontal tapper.
These may be using guitar strings for the higher strings because the higher strings are 'extended' to reach the tuner posts.
The production Kelstone has linear-pull string-clamping tuners which possibly allow guitar strings to be used because the clamps are close to the nut.

http://www.kelstone.be/

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Interesting... but boy I could see good ole' Emmett having a fit over that nut design, as that's right out of his pages.

But look at that crazy bridge !!

If that's not an engineering marvel..................

Trey Gunn has been playing his Warr's like this for a while now, due to injuries related to tapping and wrist position if I remember correctly.

There's an article out there called Gunning for Warr, and it's briefly mentioned that the original Warr guitars were so massive that they were played between two drum or keyboard stands or something like that !!

Anyone seeing this post - open the links - both of them, because the top one has a ton of very interesting pictures, which the bottom one has a real sweet video.

Thanks for posting this, as I'm always interested in instrument design, etc...........


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The thing about the Kelstone is that it looks like a lot of stuff to set up, move and drag around. I like the pedal mute thingy, I think that's neat but while I respect the time and energy it takes to create one of these things, I don't find this instrument particularly appealing (sorry - not trying to be a dick, just my opinion!)

I suppose that since I have never tried one, I honestly don't know if I would like it or not. Feel free to send me one, I will play the crap out of it and give you a complete review from a guitarist/bassist who likes Sticks' viewpoint hahaha

The cool thing about it is that it's a pretty radical departure from most tap guitars - I mean it looks like it's closer to being a mutant Harpeji or a pedalsteel or something.

Got any clips of someone going musically berserk on one?



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I want to say that on the bottom website there's a link that shows someone playing one of those things and the sound was quite nice.
Harpjii or whatever that thing is called, I came so close to buying one before the Warr phalanx came into my life.
The thing I like about this prototype instrument is how ancient it appears, it's like a major step back in time.
I bet it weighs a ton !!

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I have design thoughts about horizontal tappers quite often. I like the fact that the fretboard width would be unlimited due to not needing the thumbs on the back of the neck, allowing a full range instrument tuned in 3rds.

I checked Stick Enterprises' patents, they never patented adjustable height nut slotted screws, to my relief. Only their latest 'Flaps' nut system is patented.

That photo i posted above reminds me of 2 supertankers passing =)

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I can see that !!
I also thought about what I mentioned about the slotted nut segments for each string and realized that this has been going on since medieval times.
Which is kind of what this instrument reminds me of.
Something very old and rare...

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Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Ampeg, Trace Elliot, Furman

 

 

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And you know, just because it doesn't appeal to me doesn't mean that there isn't some genius out there to whom that IS their voice, and they will go out and do something amazing.

To me it's almost like a keyboard type of setting so I would ld probably just use a Roli or something.... I know, not the same - and in no way am I being dismissive lol I just don't "get it" I suppose. Still, play me some cool music on it and I will be happy to enjoy it!

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