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$622
pledged of $ 35,000pledged of $ 35,000 goal
13
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 7 2018

About

Mercury is a fully collapsible, professional quality modular guitar. It is designed for traveling professional musicians who require portability and versatility onstage or in the studio. It fits into a standard size carry-on suitcase, goes from parts to pitch in under two minutes, and requires no tools to assemble, so musicians can customize how their guitar plays, sounds, and looks onstage.

Mercury exploded view, SMG body (locally harvested cherry top on ash body)
Mercury exploded view, SMG body (locally harvested cherry top on ash body)
Mercury packed and ready to go!
Mercury packed and ready to go!
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Ever since I started building guitars in 2013, I have dreamed of building what I regard as the holy grail: a fully modular guitar. I finally got the opportunity to execute my vision in my final year studying at Savannah College of Art and Design. For my vision to be complete, I decided the guitar would have to conform to a set of standards:

  • It must be collapsible enough to carry on a plane.
  • Every fundamental aspect affecting sound, playability, and aesthetics must be customizable.
  • It must go from parts to pitch in under two minutes.
  • No tools should be required to assemble or disassemble it.
  • It must sound, play, and look as good as any other boutique guitar.

After nearly two years of spent effort and money, and by not compromising my original vision, I feel that I have delivered the evolution of the electric guitar: a truly travel-ready and totally customizable guitar that can outplay (or transform into) any other guitar on the rack.

Mercury 1.0: a true original in every sense of the word
Mercury 1.0: a true original in every sense of the word
Mix and match parts for a unique look
Mix and match parts for a unique look

Mercury is not just a guitar; it's a platform. With the right modules (and enough demand), there's almost no limit to what it can become. Bass, baritone, 7-string, headless, multiscale, and double neck instruments are all completely possible, and that's just the beginning. With the right support, it could feature more advanced electronics like amplification, effects, wireless output, or midi. Custom cases are also in the works. 

I'm extremely excited to share this product with the world. I hope everybody else is as excited about it as I am. There is still a long way to go before I ship the first guitars, but with your support (and a little patience), we can make this a reality together!

Mercury with Raven body (black walnut top on ash body)
Mercury with Raven body (black walnut top on ash body)
Mercury with DC-2 body (curly maple top on hard maple body)
Mercury with DC-2 body (curly maple top on hard maple body)
Made in Savannah, GA
Made in Savannah, GA

Risks and challenges

I have been working on and refining Mercury since late 2016. In that time I have overcome almost all of the technical challenges and made an easy to use and reliable instrument that looks great, plays great, and sounds great. Now it's time to share this guitar with the world.

I can build these by hand entirely by myself, but the build process is difficult, time consuming, and tedious. Doing this at scale simply wouldn't be possible. That's where your come in! In order to create a sustainable business model, I need to get a facility, buy tools, hire and train staff, establish relationships with parts suppliers, and fine tune my production process. It's gonna be a few months before we start cutting any lumber, but getting set up properly from the very beginning will ensure that we can get guitars to everyone who wants one. With your help, we can make this real!

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    Earlybird Special: STANDARD Starter Kit

    Here it is: your very own STANDARD MODEL Mercury Modular Guitar Starter Kit! This preorder gives you everything you need to get started, and at a very special price (expected retail $2,499). We'll even throw in an extra pickup module for FREE!

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    Earlybird Special: CUSTOM Starter Kit

    Get on the list to get your very own FULLY CUSTOM Mercury Modular Guitar at a special Early Bird price (expected retail starting at $3,999), plus a FREE extra pickup module!

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