The Lava Fretless Guitar
Design by Rapolas Grazys, Vilnius Academy of Arts.
LAVA is a new unique and innovative musical instruments brand. These beautiful guitars are created by Lithuanian designer Rapolas Gražys and range in price from €2400 to €2900 Euros (Autumn 2015). His team uses hand selected finest grade Sapele or Maple wood together with finest grade Ebony fingerboards. At the moment the fretless instruments use LACE pickups (Alumitone-neck, splitable; Deathbucker- bridge position). An alternative is Seymour Duncan alnico pro 2 humbuckers.
In his own words – I got inspiration from classical instruments: cello, violin, contrabass and Eastern instruments, the main detail of which is fretless neck. With fretless neck you can provide shade sounds, such as microtones. This demands a “skilled hand” while playing, but for musician it gives wider opportunities. Vibrating notes with fretless neck, opposite then with guitar with frets, makes a unique sound and reminds us of the motives of ethnic music, which is the keystone of the music I create and that this project is. What concerns visual aspect, the fretless neck does not uglify form with vertical sections and the artistic form remains pure. – Rapolas Gražys
The jack socket is secretly located at the rear, right of the strap pin.
Three position switch and volume control.
Ultra thin body and neck.
Fret markers on the side of the neck.
Bridge and pickups, all gold hardware.
Rear of the Lava Fretless Guitar