Philosophy & Design
There are three important rules to buying and keeping an instrument:
• How does it sound when you play it? Does it resonant and produce the sound that appeals to you? If the box that it shipped in sounds better than the instrument, its not a good one
• How does it feel? If the body is cumbersome or the neck feels like a Louisville Slugger, you won’t play it,(unless you have an affection for baseball bats).
• How does it look? The expression that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is absolutely true for this rule. One of my favorite guitars sounds great, plays superbly, and looks like it was run over on the highway. The fit and finish should reflect the care that was taken while building the instrument.
• Guitars & Basses come in many sizes, shapes, scales, and are constructed from many different materials. The Godfathers (Leo Fender& Les Paul) of today’s solid body electric guitars approached their respective designs from completely different prospectives. I’ve read that Leo Fender couldn’t even play and Les Paul in his day would have been what is considered to be a modern day “shredder”. Yet, they both “fathered” iconic designs that are still the most popular guitars over 60 years after they were released.
• Thankfully, if you are brand agnostic you can always improve on a basic design. At SOAR guitars & basses, we take the basic design principles of building an instrument as a baseline for design. The type of wood, the neck dimensions, how the neck is fitted to the body, and the scale of the neck are essential elements in the design.
• The type of pickups, how they are mounted, the pickup distance from the bridge, tone wood & scale length are essential elements to how the instrument sounds.
• The neck profile, fretboard radius, fretboard material, fret height, neck pocket to body design, nut height, body contour, truss rod design, & headstock configuration are important elements on how the instrument works for the player.
• The quality of the other components such as bridge, saddles, nut, tuners, strap pins, control pots, knobs, etc & the care/quality taken in building the instrument is what separates a great instrument from a good instrument.
• At SOAR guitars & basses we build one instrument at a time that fits one customer as perfectly as possible. We do this by interviewing each customer about what they want, what they like, their respective playing style, anatomy of their hands, & musical preferences. We apply those answers to the design, construction, components used, fit, and finish to every thing we build. It won’t be an instrument that “fits” everyone in the world, it will be an instrument that “fits’ you the player.