A lot. The amount of signal that is transferred that is generally lost on a wooden guitar, comes through in an exponential way. Metal necks are very touch responsive and react way more than a wooden neck to the way in which it's played. It gives you a bigger palate from which to pull, but just like with paint, no matter how many colors you have, you must be able to control the brush. The necks are machined with a .005 relief, there is no truss rod and the necks love heavy strings. The more tension, the better. We have found over the years, anyone who complains about fret buzz is generally playing too low with too small of strings. We hear that the wooden guitars they play have no issue with this. Well...this is not a wooden guitar. It's a completely different beast that has to be approached and played differently. On a wooden guitar, you would just crank the truss rod. On a metal neck, you must adapt to what you want to hear and it will do anything you want better than anything else, but the control is in your hands (quite literally). As our dear friend Agostino once said, "These guitars will make you sound great if you know what your doing or they will make you sound horrible if you do not."
Body: hollow 1.25” thick T6061 aluminum with bright dip anodized finish
Neck: 25.1” scale, 1.75” width at nut, 12” radius, dot inlays
Hardware: EGC aluminum string through bridge and EGC metal dome knobs with chrome or black anodized finish, Grover or Gotoh tuners, Jescar stainless steel frets and Schaller locking strap buttons
Pickups: EGC Humbucker or EGC RWRP single coils
Control Configuration: 2 volume knobs/2 tone knobs/ 3-way toggle (phase switch with single coils)
Electronics components: CTS pots, Switchcraft jacks, Panasonic switches, Thermax (Teflon military spec high heat oxygen free silver-plated wire) and Sprague caps
Price: $2000.00usd plus shipping (SKB case included)
Left-handed versions of the model will be offered. The Tyranny will not be offered for pre-order.
EGC receives much praise for the instruments Kevin designs and builds. However, we do get some complaints. The main complaints we receive are that the wait time is too long and the estimated time from order to production is unreliable. In order to keep up with demand and be able to provide musicians with their instruments in a reliable, timely fashion, the hold up was always with a custom model. Kevin is the only person who designs, programs and assembles each guitar. Every single instrument that leaves our shop is designed, assembled, tested and approved by Kevin. And his standards are high. He has been working on designing and building aluminum guitars for 12 years and he has seen what works and what doesn't work. We will be adding to the EGC Classic line in the future to include some of the most requested body styles. We currently offer 13 body styles and 11 neck scales/profiles in the Classic line with many material, electronics and finish options as well as 8 Signature models. We still build each instrument to order, but we have decided to be more closed-ended on our offerings in order to increase reliability of production times and decrease our waiting times.
No. EGC stopped taking order for custom neck re-fits at the beginning of 2014. Any you have seen posted since then were ordered prior to that time. We stopped offering this as an option because Kevin found it takes more work in the designing and production of a neck to fit an existing body than it does to produce an entirely new insturment.
No. EGC stopped producing bolt on necks in 2014 and have sold all of the remaining bolt ons we had on hand.
Aluminum rings out in a unique way. It has a kind of natural chorus to it. For as many highs aluminum adds, it adds as many lows and mids. We do offer wood and acrylic as body material choices because we developed a way to isolate the instrument bodies from the necks, which gives all the aluminum sound without an all aluminum design.
Sound. You get a much better response from an all aluminum neck and fretboard.
Yes. If you need a fret job, please make arrangements to ship it back to EGC and we will be able to do this for you. If you do not care to send it back to us, please use a guitar shop that has experience working with metal fretboards.
Aluminum expands and contracts more than wood when exposed to different temperatures. These changes are easily resolved by letting the instrument acclimate to the ambient room temperature. Thirty minutes or so usually accomplishes this acclimation.
No. There is no great risk of getting shocked because, just like on a wooden-necked guitar, all electronics are grounded to the strings and all other metal parts. The risk of shock is the same for aluminum and wooden instruments.
Anodizing is an electroplating of aluminum oxide on the surface of the metal, which is then dyed. Anodizing is very durable and comes in a variety of colors. It is impossible to produce a shiny finish with anodizing because the process eats the surface during the process, so the finish can look a bit dull compared to our polished finishes.
Chroming is a plating that goes over the aluminum. Generally, aluminum has to be coated with copper, nickel and then chrome. Aluminum does not like to be plated, so eventually electrolysis will take place and the chrome will peel. Also, if you bump it had enough, the plating will bubble and peel. When the plating peels, the flakes act like little razors – not a fun time. It looks amazing while it lasts, but we’ve found our polished finish is much more durable over time.
Powder coating is a process of coating a piece of metal with plastic via an electromagnetic charge. The plastic is then baked onto the metal. Powder coating is very durable and comes in a wide variety of colors.
They sound almost identical when amplified. The acrylic actually allows for a more instant muting of the strings where the aluminum body rings for a bit. For most folks, the ringing of the hollow aluminum body is what you want.
The acrylic is by far the heaviest, it's so incredibly dense that there is just no way around it. The weight of the wood and all aluminum bodies vary. Generally, the all aluminum bodies are the lightest, but this can be changed based on wood selected. If we use Poplar or Alder for the wood body, there is a good chance it will be quite light. The total weight* of acrylic-bodied guitar models generally weigh in at 11lbs (5kg), the wood-bodied guitar models fall in the 8-10lbs (3.7-4.5kg) range, and the aluminum-bodied guitar models generally weigh 8-9lbs (3.7-4.1kg).
*Total weight refers to the weight of of the entire instrument including the body, neck, hardware and electronics.
No. We do not use nitrocellulose lacquer because of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We use auto polyurethane, which offers high UV resistance and expands and contracts better than nitrocellulose lacquer.
Polished finish – Clean the polished parts of your instrument with Mothers Billet Polish and a lint free terry cloth. The aluminum we use is corrosive resistance, but it will tarnish is left dirty (i.e. sweaty).
Anodized finish – Clean the anodized parts of your instrument with Windex or denatured alcohol and a lint free terry cloth.
Powder Coated finish - Clean the powder coated parts of your instrument with denatured alcohol and a lint free terry cloth.
Acrylic – Clean the acrylic parts of your instrument with any plastic polish or water. DO NOT use denatured alcohol or acetone as these will eat through the acrylic.
Chrome finish – Clean the chrome parts of your instrument with Windex or denatured alcohol and a lint free terry cloth.
Painted finish – Clean the painted parts of your instrument with Turtle Wax (because we use auto polyurethane).
Polished finish – You can buff it out and re-polish with Mothers Billet Polish.
Anodized finish - While anodized finishes are difficult to scratch, if you do scratch the finish, the only solution is to have your instrument re-anodized.
Powder Coated finish – While powder coating is difficult to scratch, if you do scratch the finish, the only solution is to have your instrument re-powder coated.
Acrylic – Acrylic can be re-polished if scratched.
Chrome finish – While chrome is very difficult to scratch, if you do scratch the finish, it is nearly impossible to buff out and will most likely need to be re-chromed.
Painted finish -
Our wait times vary greatly based on our production schedule and the particular customizations that are requested fro each build. We currently have an estimated wait time for new orders of 6-12 months from the time of deposit payment until completion and shipment.
In order to keep our wait times accurate and in fairness to all customers, if you change your mind after you have submitted your deposit and approved your invoice, you will be re-invoiced and your wait time will restart at the time of re-invoicing. You will also be charged a fee for re-invoicing and any cost incurred on items EGC has already acquired for your original purchase. Your deposit is not refundable, but may be transferred to an updated order.
No. All taxes/duties are the responsibility of the purchaser.
We do offer multi-instrument discounts if you order more than one instrument at a time.