Always one to defy convention, Ulrich Teuffel does not choose to stick to traditional guitar standards. While there are a million Strat and Les Paul clones out there, there are a few guitar builders who create instruments with an emphasis on ergonomics, playability, and modern style. In fact, many guitar builders who try to change the way we look at the instrument, are really just making the same old thing. There are very few builders out there who are reinventing the guitar like never before.
His guitar creations possess outrageous names like The Birdfish and The Niwa; and The Antonio is no exception to the modern, gorgeously artistic form that Teuffel Guitars are known for. The Antonio actually may be the most "traditional" looking guitar of his.
At first glance it appears to be a classical acoustic thanks to the slotted headstock. But wait, there's a humbucker in there? And knobs? And what is that huge single cutaway? And this is just the TOP of the guitar we're talking about!
This guitar is truly form meets function. Here are Ulrich's own words about the guitar, courtesy of DestroyAllGuitars.com!
IN ULRICH TEUFFEL'S WORDS:
"The Antonio model is my deal with guitar history. In recent years I looked back into my early times of guitar making and I decided my next model would have a name drawn from history. Antonio is the first name of both Antonio Torres and Antonio Stradivari both.
"The guitar is made from Hondurian mahogany. I use dense tonewood for the through neck and very light parts for the upper body bout. The upper bout is quite long therefore the bottom end is accentuated.
"There is an invisible sound chamber in the body and six separate tone chambers at the backside behind the bridge.
"A-typical for my work until now: the scale is a Les Paul scale (24.75"), and Anotonio has a compound fingerboard radius (12").
"All the hardwood parts are made from selected ciricote, such as the fingerboard, headstock cover, jack plate cover, bridge, and binding. The bridge consists of solid aluminum covered with ciciricote. The Aluminum contains all the threads and bores for the studs. The jack plate is also a 3mm aluminium plate covered with ciricote. You see, everything is very rigid although the guitar looks like a flattop guitar.
"The machines are Gotoh Stealth tuners. They are mounted in carbon tubes in the headstock which reduce friction. All the little screws are mounted into a ciricote inlay to provide a proper fit and hold.
"The two-way trussrod channel access is a high density carbon tube which extends into the neck as a reinforcement for the headstock joint.
"The pickup is 7.3 kohms with AWG 42 wire and an Alnico 2 magnet which I hand-weakened to make the tone more mellow. The volume is a push-pull pot to split the pickup.
More importantly, you are probably asking, is how does this crazy thing sound?!
Well, let's have John Bohlinger give you the full tour! Seriously, you are going to be amazed!
Once you've seen the demo, let me give you the bad news. Yes it's gorgeous. And yes, it sounds stunning. But yes, it costs you $11,200... Let me start saving...