Style: Vigilant 9 String Multiscale
Scale: 27" - 30" Parallel 12th fret
Body:2 Piece Swamp Ash
Neck: 4 Piece Multilaminate
(Torrefied Maple, Mahogany, Cherry, Bloodwood)
Top: Bookmatched Maple Burl
Fretboard: Birdseye Maple
Inlays: Luminlay 3mm Green (Glow in the Dark)
Tuners: 18:1 Locking
Bridge: Hipshot Individual Saddles
Nut: Graph Tech Tusq
Neck Joint: Bolt on (Black Individual Ferules)
Frets: Stainless Steel Med/Jumbo 24
Fretboard Radius: 17"
Pickup(s):Lace Deathbar 4.5
Controls: 1 Vol, 1 Kill Switch, 1 3 way Toggle
Output: Switchcraft 1/4” mono (Black)
Strap Pins: Recessed Dunlops (Black)
Finish: Guitar Finishing Oil/2K Laquer
What is a Multiscale guitar?
A guitar's scale length refers to the distance a string is able to vibrate which is typically dictated between the guitar's nut and bridge saddle. A longer scale length (ex 30") will give you a very low sound like a bass guitar, a shorter scale length (ex 16") will give you a higher pitched sound like a ukulele. A small variation in the scale length can drastically change the sound and feel of an instrument. Many companies subscribe to a scale length (Fender 25.5", PRS 25", Gibson 24.75") which becomes the leading factor in that particular brand's identity.A multiscale guitar takes 2 scale lengths and applies them to the top and bottom strings creating a "fanned" like appearance where the frets join. Typically, a shorter scale length is on the 1st string and a longer length on the 6th string; this means that tonally, your higher strings sound "brighter" and your lower strings sound "more warm." The greater the difference between the scale lengths the more dynamic the sound and drastic the fanned frets appear.
This unique beast of a guitar has a 27-30" multiscale range and boasts a low .1" bass string for a tuning set to CFCDGCFAD. As a result of a longer neck and larger string gauges, 2 truss roods, 3 carbon fiber rods and a multi-laminate construction were required to keep the neck as straight and thin as possible. A bright maple fretboard was contrasted with dark burst maple burl top and headstock veneer with 9 solo bridges from Hipshot to accommodate the scales. The Lace Deathbar 4.5s were chosen for their low profile, light weight and bar magnet construction and to grab a wide range of tonalities from the low strings for djent style music to the high range for solos.
The back of the guitar is just as complicated as the top with 2 neck screws drilled at a 45 degree angle to "pull" the neck into the pocket and to allow for a soft heel for more playing comfort in the 15+ fret range. The 9v Gotoh battery pack supplies the Iron Age Kill Switch LED which lights when a .25" patch cable is inserted into the output. To accommodated the larger ballberrings for the 8th and 9th strings, a string ferrule block was milled out of 2 pieces of aluminum to meet with the Hipshot solo bridges on the top and provide a flush back surface with no asymmetrical string ferrule sizes. .
If you would like to order a guitar similar to the one featured above, click below to contact Vigilant and place an order or initiate your custom build. If you would like a multiscale, please outline the two scale lengths you would prefer. This guitar can come in 6, 7, multiscale, standard scale and hollow body options. Guitars take 8-10 weeks to build. All guitars ship with a hardshell case included in the price below.