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The Forshage Orion

Several years ago, I managed to acquire a rudimentary yet functional home recording setup and tried to spend as many hours a day as I could in front of it, recording guitar tracks. This endeavor involved quite a bit of seated playing and left me with severe back pain, a broken monitor, and a powerful yearning for a guitar that was both comfortable to play for long stretches in a seated position and compact so as to minimize the number of guitar headstock broken monitors. During the course of my day job as a luthier, I was exposed to a Klein electric guitar. It had a warped neck and it’s owner wanted me to straighten it out. Alas there was no truss rod so without refretting the entire instrument, there was little I could do but when I played it I was struck instantly by the absence of back pain in the seated position. Immediately the wheels were spinning, and I was designing the perfect studio guitar. I wanted that comfort but had different things in mind sonically. I prefer the low-mid emphasis of set neck and warmth and responsiveness of a semi-hollow body. Semi-hollow and hollow bodies have an added bonus for the studio in that they come to life at a lower volume then their solid counterparts. The lack of a headstock made a more compact instrument, less likely to smack a monitor or tangle in mic cables(it happens) All in all, the prototype was a resounding success and soon would become my top selling model. Here are the basic specs of the Orion but keep in mind that they are almost all capable of being modified, I am a custom builder after all.

Highly figured maple or walnut top

Mahogany back
Mahogany Core

Mahogany neck

24.9” scale
24 fret
ebony or cocobolo fingerboard with a compound 10”-14” radius

Flame maple or koa binding on the fingerboard

2 Lollar, or Bare Knuckle, humbucking pickups. Throbak +$100

ABM tuning mechanism and hipshot headpiece in chrome

Tunomatic bridge
There are trem options, please inquire

Clear nitrocellulose laquer or hand rubbed oil finish
Solid $3000
Semi $3200
Archtop full hollow $3400