This instrument has been designed for maximum enhancement of the guitar wood resonance. The sounding cavity takes almost two thirds of the guitar body. A neck is glued in the cavity between back side and top sounding board. It makes a strong joint of two boards under the bridge. Also, a neck is made of one piece in full lenght of strings. This makes strong joint of the neck and the body and it results in higher resonance level of wood and extended sustain.
There are 6 in line golden Gotoh 510 delta series tuners fitted at the angled headstock. There is a decorative wallnut disk on the end of the headstock. An ebony fingerboard and a maple top are trimed by slim wallnut binding. Decorative wallnut wood has been used to cover pickups and to surround brass tailpice and bridge. A nut has been also made of brass. Another visible brass parts are washers holding humbucker covers in position. An ebony fretbord has a 12" radius and It is fitted with harder bronze frets as an addition to property of the brass components. There are only two small ivory dots on the fingerboard marking the 12th fret. Fields are marked on the edge by small brass dots. There is a single cutout in the sound board on the left side of the body. On ther other side, there is a long cavity for electrics which is separaeted from the main sounding cavity. There is a wooden cover with four inline maple knobs to control pots and to access the cavity from the guitar face. A three way switch is situated on the other end of this cover close to the neck pickup. If you look at the guitar body from the other side, you can see a compact surface and transition to guitar neck without any plates and holes. Rounded edges provide good grip and smooth touch feeling of the guitar while playing on the end of fretboard.
These pictures show a guitar prototype which has no truss rod. In the case of custom making the guitar would be fitted with the standard dual truss rod or by the carbon bar. Kind of used wood and simplified design of the tail piece reduced guitar weight to 3.5 kg. A guitar weight is well ballanced. It is well playable in standing or sitting position. This prototype has a shallow eliptic neck profile 25-24mm thick. A nut width is 47mm. The guitar can be made under the requirements with narrower neck and rounded profile. A fingerboard is easily accessible along the whole lenght. A guitar surface has been treated by epoxy basecoat and finished by transparent gloss melamine lacquer. This provides durable and hard surface.
This guitar forms its own characteristic sound. Acoustic sound is strong with fat low tones. Vibration of wood comes strongly through
the string sound. This results in modulated tone with remarkable variable modulation during tone lasting. This modulation also comes
to pickups. Good quality pickups do not only produce sound by the string moving in the magnetic field but they also pick up sound from space
as the microphone does. On this guitar has been humbuckers covered by wood which doesn't affect the magnetic function but they pick up more
of sound from surrounding space inside the guitar body cavity rather than sound of the string. Sound coming from guitar contains more
value of the sound made by vibration of wood. Humbuckers SD Pegasus and SD Sentient haven't got hight output. Thay are designed for better
separation of each string sound. The output level can be easily compensate on the amplifier. You cannot expect usual distorted sound.
On this guitar is quite hard to reach distorted sound well known from hard-core and trash or black metal. It sounds like the distortion
enhances the part of sound produced by the vibration of wood. Altogether with long sustain this distortion makes strong amplitutes of
harmonic and dissolved sound periodicaly during sounding of each tone. On the other side clean voice setting of the amp makes sound
warm and open with fat low and not so bright and strong pitch. There are fitted flat wounded strings d'Addario chrom lite.
Certainly, a guitar is suitable mostly for jazz or blues but it can be used for any other style by those who searche for new strongly characteristic sound.
Zdenek Rumler, 15th of January 2015
Pure sound recorded directly from guitar without amplifier
Recorded by Ivan Bores (February 2015)
"ZR Guitar Odyssea is superb, hand-crafted electric guitar. Its unique design allows classically trained guitarists like me to feel at home when performing. The thickness of the neck, the wide fretboard and the string tension are perfect and exactly what I look for in an electric guitar.
The guitar produces a warm, clean and well-balanced sound between the basses and trebles and it has perfect intonation. It feels easy to play and has consistency in sound.
ZR Guitars are designed with care and attention to detail and are constructed using high quality materials. To top all this they have stunning looks.
These versatile guitars are perfect for any guitarist, regardless of their musical background or performance style.
Manufacturing of this guitar can be ordered with the same components and wiring as described or with the options available in the order form.
Total price depends on the individual requirements and components cost.
We will require Ł500,- deposit after the order approval and before the start of guitar making.
In the order form, if it is available, you can choose from several options and add your requirements.
Actual manufacturing time is up to 12 weeks. You can fill and email us the order form for actual price quotation.
You can read all details about the shopping process in the link bellow.
Every guitar includes a certificate of ownership. A direct purchase or placing order is possible only through this website or or authorized seller shop. We provide (in compliance with all specified conditions) warranty period of three years to instrument construction and all of its components except to strings and accesories. We offer to dispatch finished instrument worldwide for the price stated in the order. In the case of a request for different pickups we are willing to meet the custom requirement, but only after preliminary agreement before placing the order (required pickups must conform to quality, dimension and their wiring must allow required connection).
Thank you for your interest.