faq

We've been asked a handful of questions that we thought would be handy to answer here on the site. If you don't find the answer to your question below, reach out to us using the contact form on the right and we'll get it answered for you.

Question

Why doesn't the El Hombre have a set neck?

Answer

Well, that's an excellent question. I guess because I want to be able to take the neck off easily..... next


Question

I'm frightened by all the buttons and knobs, will I be okay?

Answer

Yes, it'll be alright. What you're looking at is JM controls with the addition of a 3rd pickup and 2 effects. The effects are the same as if they were on the floor, and if they are off, it’s a normal guitar. We spent a lot of time with control layout and by using the push & slide switches and the thumbwheel rollers kept them out of the players way but accessible quickly. It really doesn’t take much time with it before the controls feel intuitive.


Question

Is it heavy?

Answer

Kinda, they average out to about 9-1/2 lbs. Well within the range of most offset guitars.


Question

Can you install different effects?

Answer

Yes, keep in mind that size and number of controls can be an issue.


Question

Why would I want effects in a guitar?

Answer

Well, why not? While it's a bit unconventional, it's not exactly uncharted territory and the examples from other companies had varying degrees of usefulness. We have installed effects into guitars for customers in the past and the result surprised us at how fun and/or useful they could be.


Question

Will I have to wear a backpack full of batteries?

Answer

Not to power the effects. We make a 9V power supply that sends current through the ring section of a ¼” TRS cable (tip, ring, sleeve or stereo cable). Both the supply and the cable are included with the guitar. We started out with onboard batteries but the delay eats ‘em pretty quick and its signal degrades down to pathetic so… no batteries.


Question

I read somewhere on the internet that poly finishes are bad, can you do nitro lacquer?

Answer

Poly is not bad and we don’t get nerdy about it. Poly finishes have been accepted in the guitar industry for a lot of years and we are comfortable with their properties. We can do nitrocellulose lacquer but it adds substantial time and cost to your guitar. Back to poly, we make sure that the film thickness of our finishes are at or thinner than guitars produced in the 60’s up to today.


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