American singer-songwriter Arielle plays one of the most easily recognisable guitars out there, a self-built electric guitar partly built from wood taken from the garbage. Now Brian May Guitars has announced that the company is planning to release an instrument based on Arielle’s unique guitar, the Arielle Two Tone signature model.
Arielle Signature Two Tone
The original Two Tone is a chimera made up of components from many other guitars. The pickups and circuitry come from the well-known Brian May electric guitar, the tremolo from a Fender Jagmaster, the blue neck with ebony fingerboard from a Manhattan Midnight Les Paul, while the scale length is that of a BC Rich Warlock. The tuners are made by Steinberger. The body is Korina, reducing the overall weight of the guitar despite the long neck. On the back of the Arielle Two Tone is a dummy coil pickup circuit by Ilitch Electronics designed to reduce the hum.
The Two Tone also has a few esoteric elements here and there. Like the triangular pickguard piece under the bridge, a piece of bronze and copper engraved with “sacred geometry” and the word “Universe” scratched in Sanskrit onto the back.
Price and market launch
The Arielle Two Tone will not see the light of day until 2020. Whether it will have a price similar to the Brian May Guitar, we don’t know yet, but it certainly looks like it will be a unique instrument.