As far as I can remember, my first musical emotions came from the pieces of music I was studying on the piano when I was 7. I must admit that was nothing compared to the emotions I felt when listening to the early Beatles, Who or Byrds albums I started to listen to when I was around 12. At the time, most of the iconic singer-songwriters like John Lennon or Roger McGuinn played the “Ricky” guitars. I only discovered years later that the originator, named Adolph Rickenbacker, was born a few miles from where I grew up and that he (together with his partner George Beauchamp) actually developped the first electric guitar named “the frying pan” which basically was a lap-steel with an electro-magnetic pickup.
Ironically, the guitars of that time were rarely used for solo work with a few exceptions, also other brands were perceived more appropriate for guitar solo work which made important developments in the course of the 60s. However, the Beatles and Roger McGuinn created some amazing chords, arpeggios and riffs which remain classics still today.
As a guitar designer, I always knew I wanted to pay homage to these times, concepts and music, I also wanted to incorporate some of these concepts into an instrument that would be versatile for both chord and solo work. As a result we decided that the Magneto T-Wave would be a marvellous chassis for this project. Finland’s pickup maker Veijo RAUTIA helped us a lot with his version of the “Toaster” pickup which we decided to combine with our midrangy T-WAVE MTL-2 pickup.
The result is here, we called it the “Jangle Wave”. The neck pickup adds some nice higher midrange “Jangle” frequencies and makes it perfect for both cutting though solos as well as thick chord works.