A player like Vieng only exists once – who elese would play a guitar strung with strings as heavy as those on a bass? While Vieng’s sound is fatter than anything you’ve ever heard coming from a guitar, he was getting tired of the enormous string tension wearing out the necks on his instruments.
Fortunately, Vieng wanted a chunky neck, which we proceded to reinforce using carbon-fiber. He wanted the instrument to be small, and specified that he only plays standing up. Vieng also wanted to somehow intergrate his experience of being a refugee into the design of the instrument. What we came up with was to use the body design (which is perfectly matched to fit Vieng’s playing posture) to symbolize a ship’s sail, the bud of a flower, flight, and a new beginning.
If you don’t know about Vieng’s background, then it is simply a very exciting, polarizing guitar that sound amazing. And Vieng’s playing takes it over the top!