Roman first got the idea to offer Abstract as a headless
model with the birth of the Floyd Rose Speedloader. In fact
the first headless Abstract was a solid one piece neck
through small travel guitar. Loosely based on the
Steinberger GL or paddle model.
This awesome guitar was requested by one of the most
important influential guitarists of the 20th century. I cannot mention
names because he is always under contract with some major company who control
what he plays publicly. In any case he was adamant that the guitar be made from
one solid piece of Korina wood, The guitar had to have an oil finish, No paint
to choke any of the tone.
He requested a Steinberger Trans Tremolo with 2 solidly mounted pickups that we
had spent several years developing with one of his sound technicians. I am
pretty confident that if we did this guitar for him today he would probably
request a Speedloader instead of a Trans Trem but back in 1999 the Trans Trem
was the only high quality game in town.
Some models don't look good as headless, Either
aesthetically or because the body is too big. We are toying with the idea
right now of a screw on headstock that could be replaced by other shapes.
Headless Guitars offer amazing portability & stability. The
fact that the neck is shorter adds to the strength characteristics of the
guitar, I have never seen a headless guitar break a neck. This also is a good
thing for a travel guitar. There are probably 25 companies out there that have
offered a headless instrument. We pride ourselves in carrying all of the ones
that are worth carrying today.