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Ryan HydeBy Ryan Hyde
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Ryan HydeBy Ryan Hyde
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About

 A little Background… 

My name is Ryan Hyde.  I'm 30 years old and I am a Luthier (guitar builder) from Philadelphia PA.  I've been building guitars since high school and have worked as a professional Luthier for the past decade.  I also have a degree in Industrial Design.  Throughout all of this I have been a bass player, so when I decided to start building my own brand of instruments, I knew where  to start.

I've created a distinct new line of bespoke bass guitars that epitomize the fusion of modern and classic design.

These Instruments satisfy the stringent needs of modern musicians, and address design issues such as weight, balance, tonality, and reliability;  Yet each model occupies a unique /original niche in the cloistered world of custom basses. 

Bassists are always working to expand the vocabulary of music and I'm trying to expand the vocabulary of the instruments they play.

Why should you fund me?

For the past 3 years I've been designing and building this lineup of basses  to the most exacting standards possible. using every bit of the knowledge and skill I've gained throughout my career.  Now, I need your help to spread the word and help me grow my business and continue to push the boundaries of the bass guitar marketplace.

If you fund me, you'll be getting one of the first R.Hyde production basses in the world, and consequently, become the envy of many of your friends.  They will also envy you later when they buy their own R.Hyde bass a couple years down the road for much more money than you paid ;)

You'll also allow me to invest in my business.  A larger work space, better machinery, and the capital to attend some of the larger trade show are necessary for growth!

You can be assured that you'll be getting an instrument of the highest quality, designed to work with the human body, and built to last a lifetime. I take pride in every detail and nuance of the build.

Consider the possibilities!

There are actually a few different "configurations" to each of the 3 models I'm offering...These are essentially different ways of carving the instruments that are subtly related, yet lead to radically different results! 

"What would this bass look like Aero-carved?  Or how about with Beveled edges all around?  How about some classic Binding?  it's your decision and I'm here to help you out!

I've worked hard to to offer a level of customization beyond the traditional choices of lumber, electronics, and color.   So now the question is...What can R.HYDE build for you?

Questions?

If you have any questions about the different models,want to know about custom options that I haven't listed, or want to know more about my process; just check out the FAQ as well as my website.  You can also contact me directly through Kickstarter or my Email: Rhydeguitars@gmail.com

Thankyou,

Ryan

Risks and challenges

Growing pains:

Woo hoo! I've exceed my goal and my dreams are coming true! If just 10 people purchase an instrument from this campaign I'll be able to update my facilities, make huge strides in manufacturing and marketing and put my business in a place where it can really grow!

However if I have something like 20 orders... then 8 months may not be enough time and the orders will have to be split in to two delivery groups on a first come first served basis. I will do everything I can to complete all orders within a year.

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    R.Hyde Guitars Pocket Setup Gauge!

    I wanted to offer something that musicians would find useful on the gig so I designed a credit card sized ruler which includes includes everything you need to analyze your instrument and perform a proper setup.

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    R.Hyde Guitars T-shirt!

    Grab a T shirt and support me! these slammin’ T’s were designed by Philadelphia based artist Perry Shall.

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    Swag Pack!

    Get a Pocket Setup Gauge and a T-shirt and save!

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    Double Dose Swag Pack!

    Double your Swag Pack order and save!

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    Soul Machine W/Binding

    The body neck and headstock are all bound.  Our exclusive forearm rest remains unbound for your comfort.  Binding can be 1 or 2 ply.

    Standard Features:
    Bolt on Neck,.
    2Pc. body, 3Pc. Neck.
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners and “B” style bridge.
    Dual Nordstrand Hum-canceling “J” Pickups.
    Passive Vol,Vol, Tone controls.

    Includes:
    • Additional String: $100
    • Custom pickup covers: $200
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    Soul Machine W/beveled edges and droptop

    A hand carved bevel travels around the instrument, varying in thickness and depth.  This option comes standard with a high grade or exotic wood "droptop". Contrasting accent layers and veneers are also available.

    Standard Features:
    Bolt on Neck.
    2Pc. body, 3Pc. neck
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners and “B” style bridge
    Dual Nordstrand Hum-canceling Singlecoils,
    Passive Volume,Volume, Tone controls.
    Wide choice of Body, Neck, and Fretboard woods,
    Clear gloss finish.

    Includes:
    • Additional String: $100
    • Custom pickup covers: $200
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    Nuvo Proto!!!

    This is the original Nuvo!
    built in 2015, The bass is small but a real show stopper. It fits in a guitar case, weighs around 5 pounds and sounds every bit as deep as a full size instrument. The bass produces it’s signature deep tone because of the relationship of the thin body and the strings. This Nuvo is unique as I’ve tweaked the design since it’s completion.

    The Proto Features:
    1 pc Mahogany body
    Mahogany/Maple neck.
    Nordstrand Split Coil pickup.
    Passive Vol, Tone
    Floating bridge
    Nitro Finish

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    Soul Machine W/ Aero-Carve

    Soul Machine in the "Modern" (Aero-carved) Configuration: 


    
The body is fully carved to be as ergonomic as possible.  The carve of the top falls away smoothly, blending the player and instrument together.  This option works best when the instrument is painted or has no drop-top.

    Standard Features:
    Bolt on Neck.
    2Pc. body, 3Pc. Neck
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners and “B” style bridge
    Dual Nordstrand Hum-canceling Singlecoils,
    Passive Volume,Volume, Tone controls.
    Wide choice of Body, Neck, and Fretboard woods,
    Clear gloss finish.

    Includes:
    • Additional String: $100
    • Custom pickup covers: $200
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    Production Zeal #01

    as shown in the video,You can own this production version of the Zeal model with no wait!
    This Zeal falls into the “Natural” configuration. It has a Flame Redwood top with Maple accent layer on a Walnut Body. The Neck is a 5 Pc. lamination of Flame maple and Padauk. The fingerboard is highly figured birdseye and matches the custom pickup covers. Features dual Neodymium Humbuckers and 3-band EQ. from Nordstrand. 34" scale 5 string W/ .750 string spacing. Weighs in at 8.5 pounds.

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    Nuvo: 30" Short Scale

    An updated production version of the original short-scale Nuvo prototype. These basses will fit in a guitar case, weigh around 6 pounds and sound HUGE. These short scales are expressive, responsive, highly playable and above all, way cool.
    Standard Features:
    Set neck design
    3 Pc Neck, 2Pc. body.
    Fully carved top and back,
    Wraparound 2 ply binding,
    Nordstrand Split Coil Pickup (1)
    Volume/Tone controls.
    Fully adjustable Bridge
    Wide choice of Body, Neck, and Fretboard woods,
    Clear gloss finish.

    Includes:
    • Bridge Pickup W/custom cover. $200
    • Additional String: $100
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    Zeal W/ Beveled edges and Droptop

    A hand carved bevel travels around the instrument, varying in thickness and depth.  This is a great option if you want a high grade or exotic wood "droptop". Contrasting accent layers and veneers are also available.

    Standard Features:
    Set Neck Design.
    Organic heel carving.
    2Pc. body, 3 Pc. neck.
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners and “B” style bridge
    Dual Nordstrand Neo Humbuckers.
    3 - Band Nordstrand EQ.
    Wide choice of Body, Neck, and Fretboard woods.
    Clear gloss finish.

    Includes:
    • Additional String: $100
    • Custom pickup covers: $200
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    Zeal W/ Aero-carved body

    The body is fully carved to be as ergonomic as possible.  The carve of the top falls away smoothly, blending the player and instrument together.  This configuration is only available with Clear, Trans, Solid, Metallic paint.

    Standard Features:
    Set Neck design
    Organic heel carving
    2Pc. body, 3 Pc. neck
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners and “B” style bridge
    Dual Nordstrand Neo Humbuckers
    3 - Band EQ.
    Wide choice of Body, Neck, and Fretboard woods,
    Clear gloss finish.

    Includes:
    • Additional String: $100
    • Custom pickup covers: $200
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    34" Full Scale Nuvo Bass

    What started as an experimental short scale, is now available as a completely realized full scale. This bass will ooze with class and tone such as you’ve never experienced before. A gentleman's bass of the highest and funkiest order.

    Standard Features:
    Set neck design
    3 Pc Neck, 2Pc. body.
    Fully carved top and back,
    Wraparound 2 ply binding,
    Nordstrand Split Coil Pickup (1)
    Volume/Tone controls.
    Fully adjustable Bridge
    Wide choice of Body, Neck, and Fretboard woods,
    Clear gloss finish.

    Includes:
    • Additional String: $100
    • Bridge Pickup W/custom cover. $200
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