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|Rich Eberlen’s Solene|
| Designed to be played using a two-handed tapping technique, it’s tuned like a 7-string guitar with an added low B-string. The tubular fretboard is designed to accommodate the natural curvature of the hands, and the slanted frets encourage proper alignment of the wrist and forearm. The instrument is made of aluminum pipe with an anodized or wood veneer finish, with individual pickups for each string, and active electronics.
‘Solene’ is the greek word meaning pipe – the shape of the instrument. The cylindrical body and fretboard provide a new playing surface for tapping technique. Since it’s tuned like a guitar, guitarists can visualize and think about intervals in a familiar way
The ‘Solene was granted US patent number D363,946. It is built on a custom basis, estimated price $800.
115 jolly way
waxahachie, tx 75165-2762
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