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LITTLE GUITAR WORKS

The Torzal was designed in response to players who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), tendonitis, and other “overuse” injuries. If you experience pain while playing music, we encourage you to learn about the many different aspects of treatment that exist, of which a better instrument is just one.

There are many great online resources for those seeking more information about these injuries. We have tried to provide below a semi-comprehensive list of links to such resources, especially those most relevant to musicians and playing related injuries. Also provided below are some links to some of our early R&D efforts, including the original research paper written by Jerome Little in conjunction with the development of the first Torzal prototype.

Little Guitar works also make amazing straight necked basses which we also stock.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do you normally build these with a truss rod, and if so, which way does it move the neck?

Every bass is built with a truss rod; usually one in the centre is plenty. It actually works the same as a standard bass, pulling the neck back equally across all strings. It’s reacting to the pull of the strings, which of course are spread equally across the neck. Granted each string has a different tension, but in real life that force averages out pretty equally through the neck. I’ve been told that, due to the twist, even though the actual neck thickness is that of a standard neck, the effective thickness is actually much greater. In addition, the fingerboard is a two-piece laminate. The act of laminating that material under the tension of the twist works to produce a very stiff and stable neck.

What’s it like setting these up? Specifically, due to the effect that with an extreme twist, raising a bridge saddle moves the string sideways at the nut, and moving the string sideways at the bridge would raise of lower it at the nut.

Good question. It’s really not as bad as you might think. The sideways movement when raising or lowering the bridge is not enough to have any real impact, except that is takes a little more change at the bridge than normal to affect the same change at the 12th fret. In other words, on a normal bass to raise the string .020″ at the 12th, you have to raise the bridge .040″ at the bridge. With the twist and the sideways loss that you’ve pointed out, you might have to raise the bridge .045-.050″ instead.

Would you ever consider combining your neck shape with fanned frets?

Yes!  It’s been a long time coming, but finally in 2011 we made the first Torzal with fanned frets.  It works great, which is a good thing because we already had more on order before the first one was done.


How the heck does that thing stay it tune?

Same way your bass does, if it does. Don’t forget, the strings are still straight–that’s one thing I can’t change. They’re just not parallel with each other.

Is it slapable?

Of course it is. When I first started out, I told myself if it doesn’t do everything a regular good bass does, then forget it, it’s not worth it. I believe it does, and it is worth it.

It is Slapable! Listen Now!


Torzal Standard

The standard Torzal bass features neck-through construction where the neck is rotated +15 degrees at the bridge and –20 degrees at the nut, for a total rotation of 35 degrees. The neck on a standard Torzal is typically 5-piece and either a traditional neck-through or what I like to call “set-through”, which means that the neck goes all the way through the body like a neck-through, but it is not the full body depth. The body top wood consists of wings joining the neck, but the body back wood goes across the entire back. The standard is available as 4-string or 5-string.

SPECIFICATIONS;

String Spacing 4 string Bridge .750”

String Spacing 5 string Bridge .708”

String Spacing 4 string Nut .406”

String Spacing 5 string Nut .375”

Neck Width 4 string Nut 1.5”

Neck Width 5 string Nut 1.75”


Other standard specs include:

  1. 34” scale, 24 frets

  2. Front and back headstock veneers matching body wood

  3. Abalone or mother of pearl position markers

  4. Bone nut

  5. Hipshot ultralite tuners

  6. Precision machined Hipshot bridge (“A” style)

  7. Two Nordstrand pickups of your choice

  8. Passive circuit with volume, blend, and tone control

  9. Matching wood cover plates

  10. Lightweight, balanced, and ergonomically contoured figured or exotic wood body (some exotics and highly figured wood extra POA)



Torzal Bolt-On Bass

This is a bolt-on version of the standard Torzal bass. Like the standard Torzal, the nut is rotated –20 degrees for more comfortable fretting. Where this bass departs from the standard is at the body: the neck reaches zero degrees at the 24th fret, creating an angle at the bridge of +4 degrees, for a total rotation of 24 degrees (compared to 35 degrees on the standard). The advantage of this model is a more customary feel of a flat string plane at the end of the neck while still providing ergonomic benefit for the fretting hand. The bolt-on design is also more conducive to production techniques, which means we are able to offer it at a lower price than the standard Torzal.

The neck is made of a single piece of hard maple, with rosewood or cocobolo fingerboard. Mult-laminate necks and other woods are available upon request. The body typically consists of a bookmatched maple top and mahogany or padouk back. Other woods also available upon request.

Available as 4-string or 5-string.

SPECIFICATIONS;

String Spacing 4 string Bridge .750”

String Spacing 5 string Bridge .708”

String Spacing 4 string Nut .406”

String Spacing 5 string Nut .375”

Neck Width 4 string Nut 1.5”

Neck Width 5 string Nut 1.75”


Other standard specs include:

  1. 34” scale, 24 frets

  2. Front and back headstock veneers matching body wood

  3. Abalone or mother of pearl position markers

  4. Bone nut

  5. Hipshot ultralite tuners

  6. Precision machined Hipshot bridge

  7. Two Nordstrand JJ or “Fat Stack” pickups

  8. 9 or 18-volt Aguilar OBP-2 electronics with volume, blend, bass & treble boost/cut plus passive/active switch (or upgrade to OBP-3 with mid boost/cut and frequency selector switch)

  9. Matching wood cover plates

  10. Lightweight, balanced, and ergonomically contoured figured or exotic wood body (some exotics and highly figured wood extra, please see price/options list in the order section for more information)


Prices 2012

Torzal Standard (neck through)

4 string £2400

5 string £2500

6 string £2700


Torzal Bolt-On

4 string £2200

5 string £2300


Jazz Bass  Torzal Neck

4 string £1900

5 string £2000















 

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