Through its uniqueness in technical features and ease of playing, the Acoustic Tremolo will elevate any guitarist! I Need your support!
Hello there Everyone!! My name is Predice Hendricks! and I am so very excited to be able to share my story with you in hopes that you may decide to want to help keep moving this vision forward!!
The concept came to me back in 1991... I noticed that when playing my Acoustic guitar, I found myself wanting to do things on my Acoustic guitar like I do on my electric guitar with the whammy bar (being able to hold and vibrato whole chords, not just notes!). I found this could not be achieved because there were no Acoustic guitars with tremolo systems that I could find on the market.
Years later, while employed in a large music store, I began to research many of the companies that we dealt with at that time, (Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Fender, Washburn, Ibanez, Takamine, Oscar Schmitt, and others) and again, I found there was not one on the market! That's when I conceived the idea and began to design the "Acoustic Tremolo" system!
In 2002, with the aid of the "Carlos Villamar Law Firm", we were able to start the tedious process of filing the Patent. Upon performing the patent search, it was found that only a few designs of tremolo's for Acoustics had ever been attempted, and NONE had been designed like this one! It features an improved tremolo system practicable for use with Acoustic guitars! It's unique design from the internal support frame assembly eliminates undue stress exerted on the Acoustic guitars hollow body when the tremolo system is in use. This design is unique and innovative! A CUT ABOVE THE REST!
Over the next several years, diligence and determination began to pay off as we reached "Patent Pending" status in 2007! Continuing paying dues, remaining patient and staying focused... on JUNE 2nd, of 2011, OFFICIAL "PATENT" STATUS WAS ACHIEVED!!! US2011/0126690A1 Yes, the whole process did take awhile due to the fact that most of this was financed myself and with the help of my wife and our band "That's Cool & Stuff" playing and touring, but the ending result was well worth it!
Through the powers that be, I was connected to Boot Arreola, Owner of B.A. Ferguson Guitars in Hartsville, SC. We are CURRENTLY IN PROCESS of building Prototype #1. It's about half way completed. We are both facing financially difficulties which has slowed down our progress just to be able to showcase this one. Then... KICKSTARTER found its way to into my life!... The thought of having backer support has opened a new door of HOPE and AMAZING POTENTIALS!
MY GOAL...WITH YOUR HELP, is to not only complete Prototype #1...but to also build 2 more prototypes and HAVE ALL 3 READY TO PREMIER at the N.A.M.M. (National Association of Musical Merchants) show July 19-21, 2012 in Nashville, TN as well! What better place to introduce a new Acoustic guitar than Nashville, TN.!
Prototype #1 is the "Standard Acoustic" model which gives you the availability of using the Acoustic Tremolo system on the basic style of acoustic (no cutaway, no electric) adding in minimal extras to keep the cost down but still give you this "cut-above-the-rest" features!
Prototype #2 is the "Acoustic Bass" model which will show the invention's designs versatility that it can not only be incorporated into the Acoustic Guitar...but also be designed to work on other Hollow-Bodied stringed instruments as well!
Prototype #3 is the "PH Balanced Lead Acoustic" model which will show the invention using all the added extra features that I have incorporated to create THE ULTIMATE GUITAR! Here's just a few of its added features (for the musicians out there): Sperzol locking tuners, LSR roller nut, partially scalloped fret board, and my own design the "stabilizer unit" which offers 3 different bridge settings (Fixed, standard, and floating) as well as quick and easy alternate tuning settings with the use of the stabilizers height adjustment screws and notation rings. The stabilizer also has a preset feature which allows for quick resetting of the bridges tension when a string breaks. (click on the above patent link for more details on this).
Last year I was the featured guitarist for B.A. Ferguson Guitars at the N.A.M.M show.. While I was there, I was able to make many connections with manufacturers, guitar magazines, and other Music Merchants. After talking with many of them, all showed an interest and are waiting in anticipation to see and hear the premier of this new Acoustic Tremolo Guitar Line! Having these three prototypes at the N.A.M.M. will show the "Acoustic Tremolo's" AMAZING ATTRIBUTES and will make a BIG impression at its premier!
At this point in the process, I can only say that I believe it was meant for me to find 'KICKSTARTER' and I feel confident in knowing that the right persons are out there that will see this and will support this project!
This project has been launched for ONLY 21 DAYS and it ends on March 16th, at 10:01pm! I have placed the amount to be raised as conservative as possible to make it achievable in this time frame. We have ALOT to do in a short amount of time! and this is the thing... HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS IS...If I don't meet my "project goal amount" in the time allotted... Then I get NOTHING through Kickstarter! (and you will not be charged anything). So Time is of the Essence!! (But this does not mean it will stop the progress of this guitar making it to market, it will just take longer) So, I Hope You Decide To Back This Project and Help Manifest This Vision Into A Reality!!
Through its uniqueness in technical features and ease of playing... the "Acoustic Tremolo" will enhance any guitarist abilities and elevate them to a whole new DIMENSION of playing!
The Time Is Now To Awaken a Sleeping Giant!
FOR ALL WHO DECIDE TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT... I SINCERELY THANK ALL OF YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I LOOK FORWARD TO US STAYING CONNECTED SO THAT WE CAN WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE "ACOUSTIC TREMOLO" ... TOGETHER!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $9,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 16, 2012.
Feb 24, 2012 - Mar 16, 2012 (21 days)
Pledge $1 or more
I really appreciate your support in helping to move this project forward!! You will be acknowledged as a supporter on my launch website. This will keep you updated with pictures, comments, and progress ! and PLEASE... SHARE this link to others!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Including the above, You will also receive a signed 8X10 Certificate of Appreciation expressing my sincere gratitude for your support in helping this project succeed! Int'l backers pls add $5 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Including the above, You will also receive a signed photograph of Predice with one of the first prototypes featuring the "Acoustic Tremolo" design! Int'l backers pls add $5 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Including the above, you will also receive a Limited Edition T-shirt that will 'Thank Our Contributors' for your support in helping make this happen! You will also receive your name in BOLD on the website as well as have your name listed as one of our major sponsors in the brochures that will be available during the premier of the "Acoustic Tremolo" at the NAMM show in July. Int'l backers pls add $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Including the above, you will also receive a special VIP pass which will give you access into any guitar clinic or band performance which Predice will be performing in order to showcase the "Premier of the Acoustic Tremolo Guitar!" through Dec. 2014. Int'l backers pls add $10 shipping.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $250 or more
Including the above, you will also have reserved for you, two nights hotel accommodations in the North Myrtle Beach, SC area... Be our VIP guest at a special performance highlighting the premier of the "Acoustic Tremolo" guitar to the public here in MB, SC! You will be notified at least 30 days of said event, and we will need your confirmation within 10 days of scheduled event. We hope that you can make it! Int'l backers NO EXTRA shipping is requested with this generous donation amount! Thank You So Much For Your Support!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $350 or more
Including the above, You will also have the option to buy, AT COST! a Signed and Numbered, Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar incorporating the Hendricks Acoustic Tremolo System! (You pay only for the guitar kit, parts, labor, and shipping)Estimated delivery: Aug 2013