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Retronix is a new line of affordable instruments from J Backlund Design Guitars. The R-800 is our first great design for a new market.
Retronix is a new line of affordable instruments from J Backlund Design Guitars. The R-800 is our first great design for a new market.
50 backers pledged $34,500 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Michael Osborne on January 21, 2013

      What type of tremolo is installed (i.e. brand, model)??

    2. Dan Amrich on January 21, 2013

      I was also interested in the Baby Grand from the prototype. I would not mind putting it on myself if it's a direct replace, but I wouldn't want to drill new holes in a brand-new beauty!

      Ultimately I decided I would rather not risk it. I do not think we'll be able to get answers due to the team being busy at NAMM -- totally understandable -- so even though I'm a rhythm player, I swapped my choice from the hardtail to the trem model on the survey. I am more comfortable with Fender-style bridges, so I will just put all the springs on that to keep it steady, as I have done with other guitars.

      It's still going to be gorgeous and I'm still going to play the heck out of it. :)

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      Andy on January 20, 2013

      These look great, thanks! From these pics, it looks like the metallic sparkle is quite subtle, which is great. Will the maple fretboard option have a vintage tint, and will the back be glossy or satin finished? I'm trying to decide between the maple and rosewood options...

    4. Jeff Wasserman on January 20, 2013

      Thanks for posting the pics!
      It all looks great, guys - but, say if I were to ask for a switch back to the previously-shown Hipshot Baby Grand Bridge on my guitar (I'm hoping I can still get a black model), and was willing to pay you for the added cost of hardware and the service of installation - would that be a possibility???
      It's not essential, but would sure be appreciated as an option.
      Yeah - all the best at the NAMM show!

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      Brian Keele on January 20, 2013

      Hey guys, the guitars look fantastic! That laminate neck on the bass turned out great too. I actually prefer the lack of speed cuts on the pickguard. Have a great NAMM show.

    6. Dan Amrich on January 18, 2013

      Thank you so much! Difficult decisions now await!

    7. Max Winston on January 18, 2013

      Very cool. Just hoping that all the colors are available on all models.

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      Edward A. Oates on January 18, 2013

      Will the HipShot GB7 bass drop tuner retrofit on the bass as a customer modification?

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      Edward A. Oates on January 18, 2013

      Just beautiful. You're making it hard for me to pick colors! Fortunately, I get a bass and a 6 string. It would be cool if the bass had a drop-D tuning gear ...

      These are gonna be great!

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      Mark Marti on January 18, 2013

      The instruments look great, though I was hoping to see one of the natural bodies. Looking forward to seeing the specs on the bass. BTW, I really like the pickguard with the 3 cuts on the U.S. versions. I'd like to see that on the MIK versions too.

    11. Mike Hamann on January 18, 2013

      The pictures look fantastic. Thank you for putting these up!