Back in the day, the original SX Multiscale was a thin bodied, bevelled edged 'super strat'. It's original 'strings over air' headstock was designed in '93, well before the first Ormsby was ever made.
They were ideas. Ideas that were shared and improved upon. It evolved into something quite different. Hell, it inspired a bunch of builders to do their own take on things. At the time, reversed headstocks were not 'cool', Wenge necks were unheard of for an electric guitar, there was a jack located near the strap button of all places, and even carved tops were mostly reserved for 'old man guitars'.
The Hypemachine takes a lot of those things away. No carved tops. No set necks. But it brings a bag of goodies too; exotic timbers from across the globe, innovative chambering patterns, and a neutral 'strapped on' feel. Light weight, but sounding heavy as can be. An industrial look, wrapped up in a blanket of silk.
Hypemachines are only available to purchase as part of a 'run', announced approximately every nine months. During the production period, we offer an interest free monthly payment plan. All clients are invited to a 'secret' facebook group to discuss specifications, options, and allow you to view all updates in one central location. During the run, we also tend to have 'meet and greet' days, or 'try a hype' weekends. You'll be part of a growing community.
An extensive list of materials for bodies, necks, and fretboards are offered to ensure your Hypemachine is a true one of a kind. The base materials for bodies are; Tasmanian Blackwood, Swamp Ash, Mahogany, with more available as as option. For necks we use Maple, Tasmanian Blackwood, with an extensive list of exotics specific to each run. Fretboard standard materials are Ebony and Rosewood, with around 10-15 others offered within the run.
The fanned arrangement of the Multiscale fretboard creates scale lengths for each individual string. We generally call this the "spread". For Hypemachiness, the spread is as follows:
Six string: 25.5" or 25.5" - 27.5" Multiscale
Seven string: 27" or 25.5" - 27.8" Multiscale
Eight String: 27" or 25.5" - 28.2" Multiscale
Due to the increased scale length on the bass side, the tension of the strings increases. We recommend you try dropping a gauge on the bottom end, for example, if you usually use 9-46's, try 9-42's.
The bodies are thinner than you may be used to, at 38mm. This is still thick enough to accommodate the deeper push/pull potentiometers used for coil splitting pickups, and allows for more resonance than thicker bodies.
The proprietary chambering in each Hypemachine creates a light weight, extremely resonant instrument. We expand on that with custom neck shapes to suit your preference. With an extended upper horn, expect a well balance neutral feel when standing.
All fretwork is stainless steel, in a variety of sizes, which offers the ultimate in not only feel (it is seriously smooth!), but longevity also. Stainless steel frets tend to last three times longer, giving you piece of mind and confidence that your dream guitar will last a lifetime.
The bridges are custom made for us to exacting tolerances. We chose a single string bridge design to allow us to add strings (for sevens and eights) without the development costs of regular hardware. What we found, was that single string bridges had a more open cleaner tone, with each string being able to ring true. Chords sounded clearer and sustained for longer. The vibration of each string influenced each piece of hardware, rather than ALL strings vibrating against one common bridge.
Machine screw and neck inserts are standard, which offer more than three times the strength of regular bolt-on neck screws. Sperzel, Hipshot, or Gotoh machineheads are standard, and hardware can be coloured either chrome, black, or gold.
Our unique chambering helps not only lower the strapped on weight of a Hypemachine, but increased the mids and gives a more percussive attack to the bottom end. With our standard and custom range of pickups at your disposal, we can shape each Hypemachine's tone into whatever you fancy.
As standard, Hypemachines have our six coat oil system. Hand rubbed, and very thin, the oil protects your Hypemachine against moisture and humidity changes whilst giving it a nice earthly feel. We do also offer a lacquer in both full gloss, and gloss/satin.
Hypemachines start at $2850 AUD, with the average order being roughly $4400 AUD by the time your selected exotic timbers, binding, Multiscale fretboard, and all the fancy stuff are added to make it really unique. A small deposit secures your position in the run, with a payment plan of only $250 per month while your guitar is built. Once completed, you will be requested to pay the final remaining payments prior to shipping. There is no upcharge penalty for left handed players. Nice, huh?
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