FAQ’s: Getting into the Grooves of The Ascender

When you look at The Ascender, the first thing you might notice (after you’re past the fact that the guitar is folded!) are the six V-grooves just before the 12th and 14th frets, where the neck splits in two places to fold backwards.

Questions about The Ascender’s V-grooves are among the most common, and we’re here to answer them, starting with these three:

What is the point of the V-grooves on the fingerboard?

The V-grooves on the fingerboard give The Ascender a unique elegant string management system, allowing the strings to follow the fold, keeping the strings safely in place and in tune when the neck of the guitar folds. 

Do the V-grooves impact string action or bends?

No. The strings ride the frets at all times. The V-grooves, which retain the strings gently during the folding and unfolding process, are shallow and well below the frets. Shred away!  For a quick video on our Instagram of our own Tommy Benson bending strings on The Ascender, click here.

Do the V-grooves damage the strings?

No. When you release the concealed lever, the string tension drops from 118 lbs down to just 3 lbs, which we’ve exhaustively tested to be just enough to rest the strings within the V-grooves as the neck folds without damaging the strings. The result: elegant string management with kink-free string performance.

Reserve The Ascender today!

Like what you learned and ready to be one of the first to have The Ascender before pre-sales run out? Reserve one of the first 100 Founder’s Build guitars and have The Ascender in your hands by January 2020. Even better, you will forever be a part of the Ciari Guitars Founder’s Club, an exclusive community for our earliest, most enthusiastic supporters.

 

FAQs: Staying Above the Fold of The Ascender

Whether it was in person, in a gig bag, or under an airline seat… by now you’ve likely seen The Ascender by Ciari Guitars folded in half and have a question or two about how our innovative folding system works.

Here are to-the-point answers to our top four questions:

How does the guitar actually fold?
Our patented folding system includes a concealed lever located in the lower perimeter, an actuator located in the back recess, and a 3-link hinge located at the 12th fret. The fingerboard includes shallow V-grooves adjacent each hinge joint for each string. Rotating the lever causes the actuator to loosen the strings and unlocks the hinge. The strings gently follow the fold under light tension and remain safely in their individual V-grooves during transit. When ready to play again, simply unfold the guitar, rotate the lever to its concealed location to return the strings to the tensioned state, top-off tune the strings, and you’re good to go. 

Does folding the neck damage the strings?
No. When you release the concealed lever, the string tension drops from 118 lbs down to just 3 lbs, which we’ve exhaustively tested to be just enough to rest the strings within the V-grooves as the neck folds without damaging the strings. The result: elegant string management with kink-free string performance.  

Isn’t there already a folding guitar out there?
Yes, but our Ascender is the first and only with mid-neck folding, which enables symmetrical folding for the smallest travel size market, along with Plek-perfect action and premium components for pro-play performance. Plus, our patented design boasts elegant string management that keeps the strings safely in their place throughout the journey and requires a mere top off tune after unfolding.

Do the fret grooves impact string action?
No. The strings ride the frets at all times. The V-grooves, which retain the strings gently during the folding and unfolding process, are shallow and well below the frets. Shred away!

Reserve The Ascender today!
Like what you learned and ready to be one of the first to have The Ascender before pre-sales run out? Reserve one of the first 100 Founder’s Build guitars and have The Ascender in your hands by January 2020. Even better, you will forever be a part of the Ciari Guitars Founder’s Club, an exclusive community for our earliest, most enthusiastic supporters.

Video Tutorial: The Controls of The Ascender

Curious about the sound of a full-size, premium electric guitar that folds in half? Tommy Benson, the talented guitarist with the Ciari Guitars team and host of Guitar Gods Power Hour on KX 93.5 Laguna Beach, demonstrates the different tonal options of The Ascender’s dual-humbucker pickup configuration, which also includes separate micro-switches to split each pickup into single coil pickups for many different tonal varieties. Enjoy!