I've noticed John Backlund Design's guitars a while ago, but I discovered only recently that the very few guitars that were actually buit - such as the JBD100 down there - are just the visible part of an iceberg of design research. Have a look at J. Backlund online portfolio and enjoy his refreshing 'retro-futurist' aesthetic - of which you can see a few samples on the left.
It doesn't seem that these guitars are a big success - such sophisticated American hand-built guitars are not affordable for the average player -, and it's a pity since I think that, if widely spread, these guitars could change the curse of guitar design and take it of its current track if dullness and easiness.
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