Aum guitars are tuned like a normal guitar but there are 2 drone strings, tuned to an E an octave apart. The lower string is the same pitch as a bass guitar low E string. The melody strings are actually harpsichord strings, selected for their high ferrous content and therefore their response to the E-bow that is used to vibrate them.
There are no frets on an Aum guitar. Merely markers that help the player navigate the instrument. The body and fret,(less) board are one piece of wood, (currently maple with recycled ebony tattoo markers). The guitar is around 90cm, (about a yard) long and is shaped on the thick end to mould around the player’s thigh. The instrument has a sensor zone covering precisely half of each string hidden under the fret board. This allows the player to vibrate the strings in a number of different modes by moving the E-bow up and down the strings allowing octaves and sometimes fifths to be sounded with the same finger position. The higher harmonics are very pure sounding compared to the earthy fundamental tones. I call these modes the duduk mode, (lower octave) and shakuhachi mode, (higher octave). The guitar is much darker sounding than a conventional electric with a lower resonant peak giving it a slightly vocal quality, especially in the lower range.
The guitar is finished with oil and wax rather than nitrocellulose laquer. This is more practical for moving the hand up and down the neck easily during performance as well as being less toxic for the environment, (and the luthier).
Custom Aum guitars can be ordered where the user can specify the tonewood/s hardware finish etc. Please contact us for details and/or questions. All of our wood is sustainably sourced or recycled and all of our guitars are hand finished in a small workshop in the UK.
Custom artwork is available! please contact us and our visual designer, Emma will liaise with you to create the look you want.