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| Ever since Mark Warr was a kid, he was a tone freak. And he liked working with wood.
And so the touch-style world got some terrific new instruments when he decided to build his ultimate tone monster touch-style guitar.
These instruments are not so much revolutionary as evolutionary, although they have some original design involved, especially his cleverly balanced support strap which permits the instrument to hang either in upright touch-style position or in normal horizontal guitar-position.
In order to pursue his idea of perfect tone, he first surveyed some of the leading-lights of modern guitar design: Tobias of Tobias Basses advised him on tone-wood construction. Bartolini designed original guitar and bass pickups, with a unique two-stage 18volt active circuitry for maximum tone. Sperzel provided locking tuners and Wilkinson provided his locking bridge – because by locking the string down on both ends, sustain is maximized and enhanced.
And the instruments are beautiful as well, with completely hand-sculpted bodies and a many finishes.
A number of long-time top-level Stick players converted quickly to the Warr guitar, citing improved sound qualities. Here’s what some of them say about the Warr guitar â€¦
“This is the highest quality touch-style instrument I’ve ever played. It is pure joy!” – Paul Edwards, with Kittyhawk, composer
“Complete consistency of tone, sustain, and intonation. A pure pleasure to play.” – Randy Strom, professional studio musician
“The first thing you notice is its singing quality and sustain. This guitar just rings, with individual notes and chords seemingly lasting forever. I’ve never been happier with an instrument.” – Frank Jolliffe, educator, and publisher of the “TouchStyle Quarterly” newsletter.
“A bass that is so deep ‘n funky it’ll make any bass guitarist run for cover, and a melody that lets me sound like practically any guitar-type instrument I desire!” – Frank Paul, musician.
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