The Arcadia doublecutaway is based upon a slightly tweaked Arcadia singlecutaway design (see the Arcadia original). Having built a batch of bolt-on necks, I decided to push ahead with this design using one of those. For some details and more explicit photos of the neck, take a look at the neck #002 in that group. Some people prefer set or glued-in necks and some prefer bolt-ons. I like either one equally based on the situation or guitar design. I went with a bolt-on here, mostly because I had a great neck at my disposal and wanted to get this design underway.
Size-wise, this is a fairly small guitar. It's just a touch smaller than my usual Arcadia singlecutaway model. I'm using a 25" fretboard scale here, as well.
While working on the Hyperion, I began to be really aggressive with my edge treatments and carving. I've started to eliminate some of the hard lines and make all the planes flow into each other very organically. It's a style that appeals to me quite a lot as a sculptor and a highly tactile individual. I can work over every inch of the surface, making subtle adjustments here and there for an extremely non-mechanical looking piece. Working this way, I can respond spontaneously to the form, its ergonomics, and the wood grain itself, creating something that begs to be handled.
It's about nuance.
For larger views of the following photos, click the images. I'd like to point out the fret ends in the enlarged photos... they were carefully filed round and polished before installation, adding further to the quality and elegance of this instrument.
The highlight down the neck indicates where the high spot is along the asymmetrical carve. I've also shaved a bit off the back of the body where the neck screws and ferrules are for a thinner body at the neck joint.
The body is constructed of air-dried and aged walnut, 10-15 years old.
A few shots of the headstock:
The break angle over the nut may be slight, but there is absolutely no buzz or lack of tension. I intended to add string trees to increase the downward forces over the nut, however, there seems to be no need.
Body: walnut with bookmatched, spalted maple top
Neck:walnut neck #002
Pickups: Kent Armstrong P-90s
and tone w/3-way pickup selector
chrome hardtail Strat-style, 2-1/16" string spread
Tuners: chrome 3x3