Felix Martin launches the tapping-focused FM Guitars

Each has a single neck and two fretboards.

Felix Martin has launched the highly-specialised FM Guitars, a brand that focuses on guitars with 12, 14 and 16 strings, all specialised for tapping. All of the models featured have one (very wide) neck, with two six-, seven- or eight-string setups per guitar, each with their own fretboard, pickups and bridge.

Every model can also be built with any desired specifications when it comes to scale length and loadout.

Martin said of the unique possibilities opened up by the approach: “Playing two guitars simultaneously opens up many more possibilities on the guitar such as being able to play new chords, stacked chords (close voicings), chord-melody, percussion techniques, dual melodic ideas, new ‘shred’ techniques, etc. The guitars can also be in stereo to have different effects on each fretboard.”

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Martin has been building guitars like this for a while, but was yet to launch the brand. Players of his instruments include Yas Nomura, Ando San, Hedras, and himself. Felix said of the brand’s launch: “I’ve been working on launching this guitar brand since 2013, but I didn’t have the resources, it finally came true in 2020 with the support of 15 guitar owners prior to the announcement. That’s how I finally started this brand.”

FM Guitars models start at $1200 for a 12-string model. Find out more at fmguitars.com.

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