Los Angeles, CA
(April 12, 2011) – Sunset Guitars is excited to announce three new electric guitars and related new technology. The guitars include the Performer, a chambered alder body with a highly figured maple top, the Soloist, a 13" semi-hollowbody with mahogany body and spruce top, and the Artist, a 15" semi-hollowbody with mahogany body and spruce top.
Left to Right: Artist, Performer, Soloist
All Sunset Guitars have multi-piece maple necks (think archtops, for example), double cutaway body shapes, and the heel starting at the 17th fret for high fret access. The guitars are built in the USA, with the tops and bodies hand-carved from select grade woods.
The guitars also include new proprietary electronics—dubbed “Multi-Voice Magnetics” and “Coil Notch Electronics.” Sunset Guitars founder Leon White explains, “We’ve found a way to control the resonant peak and frequency response from inside each pickup, using passive controls. Early testers all confirmed that the guitars have a wide variety of sounds based upon these technologies. A bridge pickup, for example, might have a thick bluesy kind of sound, a cleaner crisp rhythm sound, and a mild ‘quack’ sound—all in the same guitar.”
The pickups and electronics are tuned for each model to exploit the acoustic profile of that specific model. The guitars also feature very long tenon necks. “Our neck tenon is as wide as the neck at the heel and extends all the way into the bridge pickup cavity. This helps exploit the transfer of sound from the neck to the body and produces a more even volume from string to string,” says White.
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