About The Jake Blade, from Jake himself:
"For years, finding new and inspiring tools for the old workhorse design of the guitar has been a slow one. Electric axes have been in production since the mid-50's, the style and cosmetics really haven't changed much in 50 years. It is kind of funny no one has put out a healthy alternative to the whammy bar or tremolo arm. Till Now!!!
A good family friend, Mark Benjamin, was watching a UM performance in South Bend IN about 4 years ago, he noticed me pulling on the back of my tailpiece (tremolo) to achieve the swooping notes associated with whammy bar antics. I was never into the bar idea of the whammy, because it never felt consistent, a metal stick in the way of your volume, pick-up selectors and tone controls just wasn't my bag. Mark, being a master car and motorcycle re-finisher came up with a great solution for me. By taking a piece of gas tank metal he shaped the piece into a palm held version of the metal stick, fit the pole (that goes into the guitar) with a little snip of gas line (as a rubber stop) to prevent vibration and movement. Brilliant and simple!!
After using the now named "Jake Blade" for years of road testing, this little bugger will change the way you whammy, shake, bend and dive notes. It takes a bit of creativity on your part to change 50 years of Whammy bar-isms. I have found it's easier to catch those Jeff Beck dips and dives that take so much practice to nail with a regular bar. Even Brendan has used this product on his PRS guitars and loves the difference. Whether you are a beginner, novice or total bad-ass this little tool is a welcome change to an old standby. Or you can use it in a street fight!!"....Jake Cinninger
This introductory offer includes each blade individually numbered with Jake's signature on the box.
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Description of Item
The Jake Blade is hand made from 16 gauge carbon steel with each blank shaped using the same process over an anvil. Because it is hammered out manually there are variances making each one individualized. Then it is burnished and clear coated. Each blade has identification signifying that it is an official Jake Blade.
For any questions regarding the Jake Blade, inquiries about custom orders, or any technical questions, please contact Mark Benjamin at Roughgauge - (269) 695-0245
At this time, the blade only fits PRS and G & L guitars like Jake and Brendan use. After the initial release of these collector's editions, other guitar models will be offered by special order.
To install, simply remove your whammy bar and replace it with the Jake Blade. If you have a PRS and the blade fits loosely in the tremolo, tighten the set screw at the bottom right side of the tremolo.
With the blade in place you can collapse or stretch the string changing the note using minimal movement of the blade. At this point, you can discover your own effects being one of the first to utilize the blade following Jake.
This product is trademarked and manufactured by Roughgauge LLC, owner Mark Benjamin with all intellectual property rights reserved. It is marketed with the assistance of Umphrey's McGee and Jake Cinninger. Thanks to everyone who has helped bring this exciting product to market.
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