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How it all works and is worked


unique features

cnc routing

extremely sophisticated CNC routed body, light and mostly hollow, avoiding feedback but allowing wooden resonances

(a lot more of such pictures here)

Paradis capaway headstock clamping tuning machingsParadis machine tuning head gotoh clamp



full rosewood neck that hardly ever bends or detunes and brings sustain without boomy bass


extremely sophisticated CNC routed headstock with magnetic covers




custom modified Gotoh string clamping machine heads: just insert the string and start winding it up. Here is Rolf's video manual

Paradis D tuner

low D additional frets and E clamp for standard tuning:

simply push button and string is locked and plays like any other guitar.

push the button and the string and let the button go. the string has two more frets and is tuned in D so you can play the common drop D chords, but nothing changes for playing the higher frets. only the E needs to be pressed.

Paradis GK3 fader controls in bridge

wooden bridge with built in nicely hidden controls

this bridge would work well in other guitars. the principles are:

  • optimized string separation
  • nothing that hurts the wrist
  • most direct contact string-body
  • lutier defines string distance
  • light


legendary piezo pickup that mechanically and electrically separates strings well and detailed reproduction of the complete string vibration


Paradis Guitar Main PCBParadis mech design pcb sideview

preamplifier for each string

a specially designed FET preamp avoids attack problems of the common OPAMP circuits. separate amplification improves quality of the piezo pickup because when switched parallel to mono, one is a charge for the other.

Polysubbass built in

very similar to original, but for 4 strings. switchable priority to make only the lowest played string be processed, so there is only one bass note!

sophisticated power supply

  • DC-DC converter 6V (4xAA) to 12V
  • battery saver: off when left for 1 minute and back at the first note played
  • LED alerts before empty
  • when 13pin DIN feeds, batteries are switched off
paradis battery

4xAA holds up to 10 times more energy than a 9V block, for a similar price.

still, the guitar consumes quite a lot (it runs for a few hours) so we recommend to use rechargeable accumulators.

unfortunately some of the accumulators like Monacor are slightly thicker than the normal batteries and most of the accus. DO NOT PUSH THEM INVARDS! they may not come out easily!

the eneloop and sistech and many others work well.

Paradis Guitar with Roland 13pin DIN hexaphonic connector


13pin output

with all the GK controls in the instrument any Roland or BOSS hexaphonic equipment can be connected. with the BOSS GR-10, each string can be treated in a computer!

or you can use the connector simply to feed the instrument or use the controls in some other way...


Serial Numbers

the first prototype was made in Dec 1988, we have it here. the second prototype which looks like the following series except for the electronics was ready for the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1989 and called attention.

At Messe 90 he had 10 instruments and sold them. Several big guitar manufacturers and shops like Aria, Sam Ash wanted to order them in quantities. Rolf had a hard time to deal with those experienced business people and ended up agreeing on a price he could not really make it for.

  • 1990 numbers were 002.90 to 011.90. after that, the numbers started with the year:
  • 91001 to 91085 (the first 30 were sold through ProArte)
  • 92001 to 92055 (the last 5 are painted)
  • 93001 to 93016
  • 94001 to 94021
  • 95001 to 95057
  • the new models serials did not restart every year: 1 or 2 digit year, 2 digit month, 2 digit number. so it starts in 2005 with 50301 and ends with 111245


Rolf left us a list of every guitar built, with serial number and kind of wood and buyer. since many have been sold through shops or changed the owner later we would love to receive emails from our customers with serial numbers and possibly pictures of the Avalon's