The Funkstick: Headless, multiscale, 8 string hybrid travel guitar
Evolution of a hybrid
The “Funkstick” is a travel friendly version of the original NL-8. The NL-8 was created for Sonoma County 8 string guitarist Nate Lopez. A headless, multi scale, hollow body 8 string hybrid guitar. I must admit that it was an intimidating project. However, I think that being outside your comfort zone is a sign that you are headed in the right direction.
While on a tour in Hawaii, Nate contacted me about the possibility of creating a travel friendly version of the NL-8 for an upcoming trip to Europe. The “Funkstick” is exactly that. A minimalist hybrid guitar built as small as possible, while still remaining functional. The collapsable/ removable leg rest and strap mount mimic the ergonomic body shape of the original NL-8 without the body. It also has the same custom EMG electronics and headless hardware as the NL-8, but in a much smaller package.
As a guitar builder, I am very thankful to have crossed paths with a musician like Nate. He is a great player, a cool dude, and has had his hands on just about every kind of guitar that ever was. Nate’s knowledge, unique needs, and vision as a player have pushed me to expand the way I think about the guitar. Evolution inevitably continues, but Nate has certainly accelerated mine.
Myrtle Top and Back
5 piece Alder and Maple neck/unibody
Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
Custom Allied Lutherie Flexstrong Trussrod
8 strings (EAD bass) (ADGBE guitar)
Custom EMG pickups (3 string bass, 5 string guitar)
Separate outputs for Bass and Guitar strings with recessed volume controls for each
Headless hardware from T4M for standard ball end strings
25"-29" Scale lengths
34" Overall length
2'' Nut Width
2 3/4" String Spacing at Bridge
Extra Jumbo Fret Wire
Hand rubbed Oil finish
Collapsible and removable Ebony leg rest
Collapsible and removable strap mount