3/4" Guitar Model
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Obstructures :: 3/4" Guitar Model
The 3/4" model weighs 12 lbs and is machined out of solid aluminum. "The guitar is made from solid aluminum. More mass equals more tone, and a wider frequency range, as the dense metal does not absorb any frequencies from the ring of the strings". The same principle of lack of absorption makes for endless sustain. The design is neck through, with direct mounted bridge and pickups. The 3/4" model has two P90 high output single coil pickups. This model also comes with a 3-way switch and optional volume knobs. The 3/4" model has countersunk screws for fret markers.

Number of reviews: 7
Score: 9.6



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Score: 9.6 04/30/2017 at 12:36 PM
by Kai Guaillo
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  Style of Music: Punk/Hardcore/Post

Comments: Probably the most striking thing upon first opening the case is the ridiculously solid build and the weight - this is a heavy guitar! Not unplayable, but definitely in the range of the heaviest 70's Les Paul Customs. Oddly though, with all that weight focused into a thin body it ends up being pretty comfortable over a long jam if you've got a decent strap.

Playability is great with the 24.75" scale and THIN neck profile. That's one of the major advantages of this design is that you get a completely solid, ultra thin neck that won't get squirrely when exposed to temperature/humidity changes like a thin wood neck would. They offer a couple different fret size options to tailor the feel of the fretboard to the player, I chose frets that were close to modern Gibson size and it feels perfect.

Now on to the sound - it's really impossible to describe the sustain this thing has. I expected it to be good, but compared to conventional guitars they're not even in the same ballpark. It sounds cliche, but hit a chord and instead of fading out it just rings out and cascades into smooth sustain like a church bell. The pickups are hot and incredibly clear, some might say bright. Imagine very hot Tele pickups. No tone controls or capacitors to load down the signal, so you get totally unattenuated high end. This only seems to add clarity and depth to the ethereal sustain.

The one thing I will say is that this guitar will make you play differently and approach composition in a unique way - it's not the guitar you'll pick up to work out SRV licks or strum a punk rock song. It begs to be plugged in and played loud, combining the otherworldly sustain with high volume and tube saturation to evoke musical colors of a palette you otherwise wouldn't possess. Don't be surprised if you start writing new songs with a different vibe and direction once you get one. It has forever changed what I expect out of electric guitars.
Score: 9.8 04/30/2013 at 4:29 PM
by skullservant
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  Style of Music: Black Metal/Drone/Noise

Comments: Bought this off ebay about 5 months ago. It was an older model, so I replaced the old pickups with EGC P90's and the guitar screams. Worth bearing the weight of for sure. I've never heard a guitar quite like it. Thick when you want it to be, thin when you need it to be. Solid as a rock even at over 10 years old. I never need another.
Score: 10 04/07/2013 at 1:36 PM
by redcassette
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  Style of Music: kraut/noise/psyche

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Score: 9 12/01/2009 at 7:18 PM
by Rob Montage
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Name:   Rob Montage
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  Style of Music: you know, stupid beard rock.

Comments: There really is no other guitar quite like this. It's obviously heavy, even heavier than my TB2000, but i have always preferred the reliable solid feel of a heavier instrument. one time after a show in chicago i felt like i had done an ab workout. so it has duel functionality.

the aesthetics are definitely "function over form" but i quite like the austere vibe that the instrument gives off. i got my body anodized black with a silver matte anodized neck and it looks very sharp. it doesn't pick up finger grease (immediately) like the neck on my electrical and it is incredibly resistant to dings and scratches. i have toured over 40 dates with it, but still not a mark on it. i partially had it made to be "tour proof" and it has not disappointed. the incredibly slim case is also very convenient for storage in the van and home.

the playability is fine, if you dont mind the weight. after being used to the veleno style neck on the electrical, i had a moderately hard time re-adjusting to the fat neck, but if you are used to a fat neck already it shouldnt be a problem. the action is incredibly low and your hand rests really comfortably on the body of the guitar.

and of course, there's the tone. it is a unique tone to say the least. i've played a number of other aluminum based instruments but the tone here stands out. it is definitely brighter and more biting than i've seen on other instruments. it manages to have some pretty significant twang and a heavy ass end when using the neck pickup. my only real issue with the tone is the pickups. they sound great but are SUPER hot and it was actually really hard for me to match my usual amp settings because the guitar would squeal hard. it took some careful adjustment to get a satisfactory tone, but i still wish the pickups were a little less hot.

all in all a high quality guitar that functionality and durability definitely justify the cost.
Score: 9.4 11/16/2009 at 11:03 AM
by Steve X
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  Style of Music: Mainly noise-rock. A bit of very, very trashy blues-influenced noise rock.

Comments: So. It's heavy. But it's also very thin, and the way it hangs against you means that you don't notice the weight.

Mine is 'hard anodized', which means it's the blackest thing you have ever seen. Light falls into it, to quote Douglas Adams.

All of that weight is there for a reason - this thing has a real 'force' to its sound, and a crazy amount of harmonic content to everything you play on it. It clips my Traynor TS-50 unless I play through the low input with the gain down. In some ways its the end of the normal guitar - kramer - bean - electrical journey; I don't think you can get a tone that screams 'aluminium' more than this.

So - I just play the odd note, touch the odd string, pull the odd harmonic, and let the sound of this guitar be the song.
Score: 9.4 09/10/2009 at 10:21 PM
by Jordan P Barnette
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Name:   Jordan P Barnette
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  Style of Music: Blues-influenced minimalist trance rawk.

Comments: Durability gets a ten for obvious reasons.
The tone is super shrill and it is hard to flatten out if that is something that you would ever want to do. I find myself wanting to do it from time to time and then thinking "No don't do that. This is the way it is supposed to be".
The rounded edges on the neck aren't as smooth as you are probably used to but it doesn't really create a problem. I also have to hold the neck up while I play, which isn't really a pain as I like to grapple anything I touch but I can imagine plenty of long-haired forty somethings that noodle on benches whining about it. The fretboard doesn't arc at all, but I don't really mind that, either. Just thought I would mention it.
The time and effort that Matt put into this guitar is astounding. When I picked it up from him, he personally filed the nut to accommodate my heavier strings (ZAKK WYLDE endorsed "boomers") and was complaining about the back plate not having a "true fit"". There was a clearance of maybe 1/2 millimeter.

All in all one of the best guitars I have ever played and something I will pass on to children if I am unlucky enough to have them but lucky enough to have them play guitars.

Also: For a limited time only-- Get half off when you mention my review.
Score: 10 04/29/2009 at 10:01 PM
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  Style of Music: Brutal.

Comments: "Some call it brutalism, we call it honesty."
 
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