New Build: Nova “Lava Flow”

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Here is our latest “Nova” build. We’re calling this one the “Lava Flow” as the figured Bubinga underneath the Ebony almost glows in the sunlight!

This build is the definition of “happy accident”. The original idea was to have a nice but simple all wood build using an Ebony top and Bubinga base. Our planer had other ideas though, and decided to eat the Ebony and shatter it into several pieces. Not to be deterred though, we adapted and decided to set the pieces onto the Bubinga base with clear resin. It ended up giving a really cool effect and we couldn’t be happier with the end result!

We paired the body with an asymmetrical profile neck made from Black Palm, with an Ebony bound Poinsonwood fretboard. The build is a multiscale with a 27″ bass side and a 25.5″ treble.

The pickups are a pair of our signature Blackwolf Neodymium humbuckers from https://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/. We used ABM hardware for the bridge and Schaller tuners. Providing great tuning stability across the board.

2 thoughts on “New Build: Nova “Lava Flow”

  • 30th March 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    I have not seen the multi scale build until seeing your site. I noticed the slanting frets and bridge. Can you tell me more about this approach? It appears that playing the very high notes near the body would be easier to reach.

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    • 30th March 2019 at 3:13 pm
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      Hi Terry,

      Certainly, the general idea is that you have two different scale lengths, usually a longer one on the bass end and a shorter one on the treble. It allows you to use lower tunings and heavier string gauges without things getting buzzy and flappy on the bass end while still keeping the treble end easy to reach. It’s the blending of a normal scale length and a baritone essentially. It’s particularly useful for extended range guitars, 7,8 and 9 string..etc.

      Some players also find them just more comfortable to play. They can be modified to suit the player’s particular hand shape and playing style, making it a lot more customisable than a standard single scale set up.

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