FAQ

FAQ 

 

Note: you don't need to know anything about woods and guitar building to get one of these a guitars. Just email us and we'll decide this for you.

 

Tunings?

Any tuning is possible but we like standard tuning: Two identical necks. 

16-string guitar: 8+8 setup: F#BEADGBE + F#BEADGBE

16-string guitar: 9+7 setup: C#F#BEADGBE + BEADGBE 

14-string guitar: 7+7 setup: BEADGBE + BEADGBE

14-string guitar: 8+6 setup: F#BEADGBE + EADGBE

12-string guitar: 6+6 setup: EADGBE + EADGBE  

 

Weight?

They are very light, almost like a Less Paul or a bass. I learned through years of experience to perfectly balance weight, tone and ergonomics. 

 

Are you making basses? 

Yes. 8, 10 and 12 strings. All options also applies to basses. We can also make the uneven neck on them (5+4, 6+5 and 6+4)

 

Neck options? 

Mahogany and maple. We recommend maple.

 

Finishes?

gloss, satin, or open pore finishes on ash body. 

 

Tops? 

Quilted maple, flame maple, spalted maple, burl maple, bird's eye maple.

 

Body options?

Mahogany, alder, and basswood (we recommend basswood for its light weight)

 

Fretboards?

Ebony and Jatoba. 

 

What colors are possible? 

Pretty much any color is possible. 

 

Sparkles available?

Yes

 

Why headless? 

Lighter and more portable. It does not affect tone.

 

What guitar pickups do you use?

We use our own pickups. They are voiced for tapping and works great for other techniques. They are mid gain and we use ceramic magnets. You can watch demos on the video section. You could also tell us if you want lower output on the pickups or a specific DC resistance. (we suggest we should that for you)

 

Can I use other pickups?

You can also send us your favorite pickups and we'll install them (Seymour Duncan, Fishman, etc) Or let us know and we'll buy them for you. We like Seymour Duncan, Fishman, and Lundgren. 

 

What bass pickups do you use? 

Same as story as the guitar pickups. We have all styles available. 

 

Whats the size of these guitars? 

They are very small. The goal is to use as little wood as possible.

 

Ships worldwide? 

Yes

 

Why two fretboards? 

To expand the possibilities of the electric guitar. 

 

Scale Length?

Anything is possible, but we recommend 25.5, 26.5 or 27. 

 

Are the FM muting strips included? 

Yes (they mute the open strings) 

 

What kind of hardware do you use? 

We use our own hardware. Feel free to send us your favorite hardware as well. 

 

Fanned frets / Multiscale?

Yes. Any scale is possible. 

 

Body size? 

Just like a regular guitar. Maybe even smaller. 

 

Average weight?

Depends on the model, but about 8lbs (less than a Strat!)

 

What is the middle wood strip in the front of the neck?  

That's actually the neck. We usually like to use two fingerboards, this way we use individual ratios for each neck. We can also make flat ratios. 

 

Copyright, trademark, patent?

Yes

 

Can I have a smaller symbold on the fretboards?

Yes. You can have the 1 fret size logo on the 12th fret. Just let us know on the specs. Guitar normally come with the bigger (3 fret) logo.

 

Fanned frets vs normal frets?

Both work great. We recommend starting with regular frets although tapping is not harder using fanned frets. 

 

How much are these guitars? 

Refer to the pricing section. 

 

Do you have any instructional videos?

Coming soon.

 

Who makes these guitars?

Each guitar is made by Felix Martin in collaboration with several luthiers around the world depending on the model and options (Los Angeles, Vietnam, Canada) 

 

Who sets up the guitars?

Felix Martin in Los Angeles. You can also pickup the guitar locally. 

 

Outputs?

The standard output is a mono jack (just like a regular guitar) but we can also use a stereo (TRS) jack for individual outputs and total separation between the two fretboards.

 

Will I get professional video/photo services for free if I use a FM Guitar? 

Yes, when you are in Los Angeles. 

 

Left handed possible? 

Yes. 

 

Will you guys be at the NAMM show 2021?

Yes.

 

What strings are you using?

Any gauge works. Common gauges 08, 09 and 10. It depends on the player. We use Ernie Ball 08 string set, with 66 and 75 for the 7th and 8th strings. 

 

Differences between ebony and jatoba fretboards?

They have a very similar sound on our guitars. Ebony is black, and jatoba are a bit more orange / dark orange depending on the kind of jatoba we get. 

 

Can you do with headstock instead of headless?

We only make headless at the moment. 

 

Is it hard to play these guitars?

No. Fingerstyle is harder! 

 

Do they fit on most cases / gig bags? 

Yes. Remember the body is probably smaller than the guitar you already have. 

 

Can you make the guitars with no logos?

Yes. Leave us a note. 

 

I'm endorsed by another guitar company, should I be using your guitars? 

Since these are a different type of guitars, they don't serve as a competition for other brands. It won't be a problem for them. Plus, we are good friends with most guitar brands in the business. 

 

Why the name FM Guitars? 

f minor chord.

 

Chapman stick / warr guitar? 

Those are not guitars / basses. Those are called "touch style” instruments. They have different specifications. The FM guitars are just like a standard guitar or bass, except they're ergonomically designed for tapping.

 

What are the names of these type of guitars? 

FM Guitar (suggested by many artists) and 12, 14, 16-string guitar. Or 8, 10 or 12-string Bass.

 

Double fretboard vs double neck? 

These guitars are designed to allow for tapping as well as traditional guitar techniques. Double neck guitars are made for a different purpose altogether, and they are very large and heavy. Additionally, the majority of these guitars have a 6-string and a 12-string neck. They are not designed with tapping in mind. 

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