Bill Turney bought his first CNC router in 1999 as an addition to his light manufacturing business, and has since helped countless business’s design and manufacture displays, molds, custom kitchens, audio equipment and even soap box racers, go karts and back-hoe kits. He has since taken his passion for mechanical design and problem solving to a more personal level. Frustrated with trying to learn Neil Young and John Prine songs on his acoustic guitar, “I just couldn’t find enough time to keep my fingers toughened up for playing or time to practice” and came upon a travel/practise guitar at a guitar shop, bought it, and quickly realized it didn’t work very well, if at all! and thought, “I can do better than this!”. Three years, and a dozen incarnations later the “assassin” was perfected and ready to be shared.
His son Jake has since taken an interest in the guitar manufacturing business, and works alongside his dad to build these handmade guitars. The CNC process aids in accuracy and consistency, but a lot personal care and attention goes into each guitar to produce the high quality instrument that it is. The bamboo offers a unique look, feel, and is an acoustically friendly material.
If you would like the opportunity to practice at lunch, school or on business trips, this guitar fits perfectly into a locker, back seat or pack, and who knows, over a couple lunch hours maybe you, will finally master “Layla!”
Enjoy, Bill Turney
The Assassin travel/practise guitar is a handmade, high quality electric guitar with a 25-1/2” scale and in-body tuning. This guitar has the standard ¼” output to amp jack but also includes a head phone jack that enables you to practice in virtually any public place, whether you’re waiting long hours in an airport or letting your roommate quietly study. The Assassin also features a built-in speaker allowing you to quietly hear what you are playing or let your family and friends listen in on your latest riff. Measuring in at only 30” long, 9” wide and weighing 5lbs, it is practical to take with you on an airplane, store in your locker at school and work, or take it away to school to keep in your dorm room. Even at home, it doesn’t take up much space and is very convenient to pick up and play whenever the mood strikes you.
Some other compact guitars have cumbersome tuning knob placement and a pulley system making them hard to tune, the Assassin features a low friction roller bridge, intuitive knobs, and geometry that allows the tuners to have a straight pull on the strings for easy, accurate tuning that is complimented by the built-in digital tuner, sweet!