Neck: one piece Balkan maple
Body: one piece Balkan maple
Sound board: red spruce, Val di Fiemme
Varnish: Natural shellac applied by brush
Tuners: Gotoh with ebony button
Tailpiece: Ebony, w/ aramid fiber cord
String action: adjustable (Alter Ego Neck System)
String set: Jargar / Larsen
Strings: 4 or 5 (with hi E or low F)
RES is offered with an active electronics system, powered with a 9V alkaline battery, and two sound sensors: one polymeric pickup, placed under the bridge, and a bridge-mounted microphone.
The proprietary active system is conceived to enhance the acoustic qualities of the ALTER EGO instruments. The two sound sources each have their own volume control so that a musician can easily shape their own desired sound.
In addition to the volume, a switch control (optional) for the microphone provides a quick adjustable “arco” setting.
Weight on shoulder: approx. 3,5 kg
Measures of waterproof cordura bag: 75 x 20 x 12 cms
All instruments come with a standard removable neck (thanks to the “Neck System”) for extra portability. The travel bag is 75 cms long (29.5 in.) and easily fits in an aircraft overhead compartment.
No preamp added, no equalization, no sound modification. We recommend listening with headphones. Credits: Mike Richmond