Aristides Unveils Seven-String Guitar Made of Arium -
Aristides Instruments has unveiled the new 070 seven string electric guitar for 2014. The new model will make its first appearance at the 2014 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California this January. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or direct from the factory. The 070 is a natural progression for the manufacturer as it continues to push the boundaries and evolution of synthetically produced musical instruments.
The 070 is a one piece constructed, 26.5” scale electric guitar available with passive or active electronics. The passive models come equipped with a Seymour Duncan Pegasus in the bridge position and the Seymour Duncan Sentient in the neck position. A five-way switch combined with a single push/pull volume control and single tone provide for a wide variety of pickup configurations. The active models are available with Seymour Duncan Blackouts or an EMG81/60 combo, a three way toggle switch, a single volume and a single tone control. All components, for both passive and active models, are MEC Electronics. The C shaped neck is 1.89” wide at the nut and topped off with a compound (12”-16”) radius ebony fretboard fitted with 24 medium jumbo frets. Hardware is available in chrome, black or gold finishes and includes a Hipshot Hardtail or Floyd Rose Original tremolo, Hipshot Griplock tuners and Schaller straplocks. Each guitar is set up with either a Graphtech Black Tusq nut or Floyd Rose locking nut, D’Addario Nickel Wound XL 10-56 strings and outfitted with an anti-theft security microchip. Available in matte anthracite, white or orange finishes the guitar ships with a Gator XL hard case.
The history of Aristides Instruments begins in 1995 when Aristides Poort teamed with the Technical University Delft to develop a material with perfect acoustic properties. By evaluating the woods traditionally used in making musical instruments, analysis led to a technical study of cell structures and the differences between them. If he could answer the question “What happens to a sound wave in a material at a cell level?” it would then be possible to design the ideal cell structure. 15 years of research ultimately led to the development of a tone material called Arium.
By 2007, Aristides Instruments started developing guitars with the new material. Focused on achieving incredible playability, innovative design and utilizing the acoustic properties of Arium, they teamed with the world renowned Bouwmeester van Rens design agency to create their 010, 020 and 050 models. Since their development, the guitars have received international recognition in both the musical and design worlds for their revolutionary achievements. The new 070 is the continuation of that development and is a hint of many new ideas to come.
Aristides Instruments is not the first to build instruments out of materials other than wood. But Aristides Instruments is different. Arium has been specifically developed to not only equal, but also improve the quality and performance of a material used to build a musical instrument. Arium has no fiber structure. This allows it to vibrate three dimensionally, increasing sustain and volume. Arium also does not contain water so it is more stable and requires less maintenance. By creating a one piece constructed musical instrument using Arium, sound waves can resonate throughout the entire instrument without disruption providing the player and listener with an improved aural experience.