Any recent examples of guitar innovation?

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  1. rze99

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    Mind is a blank.

    I can’t think of any recent guitar innovations of any impact.

    I clearly need some education. Help me out please.
     
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    My Flaxwoods. They're made of sawdust mixed with an acoustic resin and injection moulded. Brilliant sounding, Uses a byproduct and has virtually no waste. The material isn't heavy but has similar characteristics to ebony.

    Impervious to humidity and moisture. The guitar, backplate, neck, trussrod cover and backplate are all made of this material.


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    That's the raw material, unfinished.
     
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    And here's my new one being made

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    Thanks I like the idea if not the shape.

    Isn't that material the same as Richlite
     
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    Interesting, seems to have a lot in common with the thirty year old, and sadly no longer produced, Parker Fly.

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    Pickups look like the Lace Alumitones I have on my Strat

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    Relish guitars with their modular pickup system is pretty innovative.

    I kinda feel like the average guitarist doesn’t want to swap pickups all the time and just sticks with what they’ve got, but for guys who like to experiment (and have some money, they ain’t cheap), it’s a really cool idea.
     
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    I believe Fender have introduced something called the 'Stratocaster'.

    Looks a bit flashy to me, don't think it'll catch on.......

    Seriously?
    I think the true innovation is now in manufacturing quality instruments at very reasonable prices.
    The real breakthrough will occur when people finally realise that QC and quality of materials, build and design matter far more than country of manufacture.

    The Evertune bridge looks very interesting though.
     
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    I think fender's acoustasonic jazzmaster is pretty unique.

    Acoustic guitar makers are experimenting with new bracings, like Taylor.

    I would also say that amp/effect modelling is pretty good innovation. Like Neural DSP Quad Cortex.

    Jackson Audio effect pedals are using cool digital interfaces to extend UI for analog pedals.

    And like somebody said above, the quality of manufacturing, the process and materials.

    Also relicing is pretty advanced these days.
     
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    Yes, they're the P90 models. They replaced the Seymour Duncan Vintage P90s that came on it. They were great, but buzzsaws in some places.

    The Alumitones were great. Almost identical sounding but almost silent for him.
     
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    The Flaxwood also has a compensated nut made of the same material.
     
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    Rosewood necks.
     
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    Nope! Nothing new of any import in the world of guitars since the 1950's...

    (I typed that as an ironic joke and then realized it's probably true)

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    Evertune bridge, Fishman fluences
     
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    Ken Parker is doing some new and interesting things in the archtop world.

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    The biggest innovation is in manufacturing techniques, particularly in automation and supply chain management. It's not flashy and exciting but it means that guitars can be made a lot better for a lot less money.

    I deal with this in my job, especially during quarterly demo meetings with executive management. My team's software is primarily concerned with insuring customer orders are built and packed correctly. But, watching barcode readers and scales doing stuff is very boring as compared to a cute little widget on the customer facing website.
     
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    Ulrich Teuffel tore up the rule book a few years ago with the Birdfish model

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    The use of carbon fiber in acoustic guitars by manufacturers like Rainsong and KLOS
     
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    I have to ask if there have been any innovations to the piano, violin/cello or drums?
    We’ve seem the Buzz Feiten tuning system come and go, Parker Fly guitars; countless new pickups, etc, Taylor’s V bracing.
    Is there a need for innovation in guitars?
     
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