FEATURE > MONTREAL GUITAR SHOW
This innovative design from Swiss luthier
Claudio Pagelli was one of the show’s
highlights. With multi-instrumentalists
in mind, Pagelli created an alluring gem
with four interchangeable tone plates
that you can transfer in and out of the
6-string to go from acoustic to electric
to resonator to banjo tones in a minute
or two—with the strings essentially
staying in tune throughout the process.
(Pagelli says the plates will soon have
quick-change wireless connections to
make swapping them out even easier.)
The electric tone plate features Lace
Alumitones (Volume and Tone controls
are hidden in the upper-bout sound-
holes), and the floating bridge can also
be changed out with a sitar bridge for
even more tones.
Above: Pagelli’s interchangeable-top guitar is shown outfitted with the acoustic tone plate,
while the resonator plate is on the table at right and the electric plate is on the left. Right (top to
bottom): 1. Claudio Pagelli unscrews the lock-pin on the back of the neck.
2. Pagelli carefully
removes the neck and slide-out tailpiece.
3. The tone plate pops out. This prototype had wires
connecting the electronics, but the final version will have quick-change connections.
electric tone plate is dropped into place.
5. The floating bridge is positioned before the neck is
6. Pagelli strums the guitar for a few onlookers. (Note the banjo tone plate at right).