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One other nice advantage of the Mantis design... Two guitars, one ATA case... The two guitars combined way only 2/3 what the case empty weighs. One is for LP/335ish tones and the other is for Strat/tele type tones.

 

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/Mantis/Dual_Mantis_Case_s.jpg

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The cutouts (in all of my guitars both symmetrical and asymmetrical) serves many functions. The output jack is on the inside of the left leg. With a right angle cable, you may break your collarbone, but it will not unplug itself if you step on the cable and you do not have to loop it through the strap although with a straight plug, you still could. It also makes the plug easy to find on a dark stage. If you like playing in a classical seating position, the cutout fits perfectly inside your right leg and the guitar will stay in the perfect playing position even if you take your hands off of the guitar. Also, if you stand the guitar and lean it against a wall or couch, it won't fall over and the two strap buttons (one on each leg) protect the bottom of the guitar. Add to that, if you move the strap button to the side with the plug, you can lay the guitar down and play slide overhand. For that matter, with no horns in the way, you can play overhand style and have full easy access to the entire neck... I think about stuff like this when I design a guitar... You can see a Mantis being played in the more classical seating position here...
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Very diplomatic way of expressing yourself, Electric Biscuit! Very nicely stated... ;)

 

How's this then? It has all of the ergonomic features (except it has horns which would get in the way of overhand players)and a more traditional (although not cookie-cutter generic) look...

 

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/CamelBack_II/Cocobolo_CamelBack_II_Church-7s.jpg

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That one is better, although it reminds me of a coffee table sort of

 

(isn't that what people used to say about Reb Beach's Pensa-Suhr?)

 

Cool looking pickups, too

 

I've got to work on de-programming you a bit... :laugh: That top wood is cocobolo. Many luthiers will no longer work with it because it is so toxic. The pickups are custom designed and wound Vintage Vibe and they come with 3 different interchangable magnet sets... Alnico 5 for tight bass with extremely articulate response, Alnico 2 for a warmer, fuller tone and ceramic for vintage tones.

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What are the tonal qualities of cocobolo? Never heard of it

 

It has a very articulate attack with incredible sustain. It is a very dense wood in the rosewood family. The top is less than 1/8 of an inch thick. It coupled to old growth very dense chambered Cuban mahogany. You breathe wrong, this guitar will tell you. You trust yourself and play with feeling, it will reward you handsomely. By the same token, if you shred the hell out of it, you will hear every single note clearly and distinctly.

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Does that work for gtrs that don't have the comfort zone of no "horns", etc. ?

Whaddabout the idea of "stacked" insts...2 gtrs in a single cases but in a double-decker set-up ?

 

Got any idea on the comparable weight or travel considerations ?

 

A thicker case is clumsier than a thinner one to carry. Also, the mass of one guitar on top of the other one with minimal foam would leave the knobs and switches more prone to damage in an over/under scenario even for a light pair of guitars... I know this because it happened to me with a two-guitar padded gig bag this past summer.

 

The two guitars in the case shown total just under 12 pounds (and one of them is a solid body at 6.3lbs) so add the weight of the case and there you are. The case is 4.5" thick inside... 5" outside. An ATA case thick enough for 2 guitars one on top of each other would be very clumsy to carry and maybe only 2" narrower for a typical full-sized horned body guitar. .

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What are the tonal qualities of cocobolo? Never heard of it

 

It has a very articulate attack with incredible sustain. It is a very dense wood in the rosewood family. The top is less than 1/8 of an inch thick. It coupled to old growth very dense chambered Cuban mahogany. You breathe wrong, this guitar will tell you. You trust yourself and play with feeling, it will reward you handsomely. By the same token, if you shred the hell out of it, you will hear every single note clearly and distinctly.

 

sounds out of my budget

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I think a thick case is better as it's more stable when it's not laid flat and is sitting upright on it's side...perhaps you could design a back to back model to protect the knobs etc. and use more foam at the front of both guitars with less in the middle...but, nothing wrong with the current setup although I think it may be a manufacturing ploy to sell two guitars??? just kidding you Boggs...
Take care, Larryz
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