Willcox Guitars Unveils Atlantis ElectroAcoustic Guitar

The pickups use infrared lights to sense string vibration.

Carpinteria, CA (June 29, 2015) -- Willcox Guitars, an acclaimed instrument manufacturer and a leading innovator in guitar and bass pickups and related technologies through its proprietary LightWave Systems (LWS), will be exhibiting its Atlantis ElectroAcoustic Guitar at the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, TN, July 9-11, 2015. Atlantis is the first ElectroAcoustic guitar to employ the LightWave Optical Pickup System, which uses infrared light technology to sense string vibration for a rich, natural amplified acoustic guitar sound, rich in harmonic content – without the feedback of mics or the harshness of piezo pickups. Piezos also have very poor attack characteristics, while the LightWave Optical Pickup has enhanced sensitivity and wide dynamic range, capable of catching all the subtle nuance and articulation of the player’s style.

Constructed of premium tonewoods with a chambered body and soundhole, the Atlantis offers excellent natural acoustic resonance, making it ideal for unamplified casual playing or serious practicing and composition. And for amplified playing, the tone and pickups of the Atlantis allow players to effortlessly blend with drums, bass and electric guitars and fit comfortably into any live mix. Designed for all guitar players, regardless of musical style, Atlantis is quickly becoming the next-generation “go-to” guitar for many top players.

Features:

  • Lightweight, comfortable design
  • Chambered mahogany body
  • Single cutaway
  • AAA Flamed Maple or European Spruce Top
  • Slash soundhole
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Transparent gloss finish
  • TUSQ nut and saddle
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 21 frets
  • ProTec deluxe gig bag
  • Limited three-year warranty

Electronics:

  • LightWave Optical Pickup System
  • Transparent response
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Virtually no noise
  • Master volume/pull-up tone control
  • Noble potentiometer
  • Switchcraft output jack
  • NiMH rechargeable battery pack
  • Rapid charge system (2-hour full recharge)
  • 16 hours playing time per charge

For more information:
Willcox Guitars

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Beginner

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