Rapolas Grazys wanted to create a guitar that connects the past and the future while also giving a nod to his home of Lithuania, where black amber from the Baltic Sea is harvested...
Rapolas Grazys wanted to create a guitar that connects the past and the future while also giving a nod to his home of Lithuania, where black amber from the Baltic Sea is harvested. The guitar is constructed using a single seamless piece of sapele wood for the body and neck with an ebony fretboard and 24-3/4" scale length. The neck utilizes two rods of carbon fiber for reinforcement. The sapele has been routed out in the body to house the 4.4 pounds of Baltic black amber, with a 5mm rim around the inlaid amber rocks. Baltic amber is over 45 million years old, produced by the pine trees which grew in Northern Europe and around the Baltic Sea. It is also considered by many to have therapeutic properties due to its high level of succinic acid, a compound said to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The fact that the Baltic amber is millions of years old is humbling to say the least when you pick this instrument up to play. The guitar as an instrument is a joy to play, with a very fast and striking response to notes and chords, due to the rigidity of the amber. The neck has a rounded profile, with large frets that give way to fast riffing. The pickups are Lace Alumitone humbuckers, and rounding out the looks of this one of a kind guitar are gold hardware, and a 24 karat gold Lava headstock logo.
- Base material: black amber (2kg./4.4pounds), approximately 50 million years old
- Base construction: neck-trough sapele wood with 5mm contour around the body
- Fingerboard material: ebony
- Back cover: stainless steel
- Scale length: 24.75"
- Neck reinforcements: two carbon fiber rods
- Body finish: mate black
- Pickups: Lace Alumitones
- Nut: graph tech
- Nut width: 43mm
- Bridge: Tuneomatic
- Tuning machines: Kluson locking
- Controls: volume & tone control, 3 way pickup selector
- Hardware color: gold plated
- price by request