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The Megatar


Like a bad ass 6 string bass and a guitar all on one neck.  Magnificent tone, stunning looks, surprisingly easy to learn and miles of headroom. Handmade in California, USA.  

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The Megatar


Like a bad ass 6 string bass and a guitar all on one neck.  Magnificent tone, stunning looks, surprisingly easy to learn and miles of headroom. Handmade in California, USA.  

Announcement:  

The Megatar company is under new management. The torch has been passed to longtime production manager Patrick Nicholas Anders. 

You are witnessing the rebirth of The Megatar as a whole new instrument, reengineered to maximize clarity of tone, playability and feel, and re-designed with a sexy new look, lighter weight and a better user experience.  The Megatar's comprehensive feature set and excellent value represent a new paradigm for the tapping world.

 

What is a Megatar?

A Megatar is an extended-range, 12-string bass guitar, optimized for two-handed tapping techniques. 

Offering all the range and expressiveness of a 6-string bass and a standard guitar in one package.   

Each Megatar is personally handcrafted for you in our far northern California studio.  The functionally optimized platform (regarding beauty as an essential function) keeps prices realistic, while easy upgrades and customizations bring the experience of your own one-of-a-kind tapping instrument within reach.


Features

The solid neck-through design is essential for stability, tone, and sustain. Custom neck options take the function and beauty up another notch.

The neck is not only well balanced, slim and sexy but is designed to be stiff and resonant as well, allowing for a low action and a responsive feel.  

Zero-fret design with a tilt-back headstock is the formula for sustain and balanced tone. 

The tried and true bridge design is an example of the intention to make the instrument familiar to any qualified guitar tech, for dependability in the field. The custom chrome-plated solid brass bridge plate is lapped for maximum body contact and has the extra length needed for the extended intonation range of a 12-string instrument.  Through-the-body string anchoring completes the intimate string to body connection.

Direct mount humbuckers keep things solid up front, and the minimal, hornless body allows unrestricted access to the fretboard, keeps weight down, and contributes to better balance in the ergonomically correct vertical playing position. 

The tone wood fretboard adds stability and timbre to the neck assembly, while the traditionally hand-worked jumbo frets contribute to the lively feel and maximize sustain. 

The optimized body shape fine tunes the mass, while the rear route control cavities are concentrated into the body wings to preserve the integrity of the resonant core of the instrument.

The 12 strings are divided into two sets with some space in between to eliminate crosstalk.  In our standard tuning, known as 'bass bottom tuning' or 'straight 4ths', the bass strings are tuned in fourths just like a six-string bass (BEADGC), while the melody strings are also in fourths similar to a standard guitar but slightly lower (C#F#BEAD).  The two string sets overlap just enough to keep your hands from running into each other, and with 25 frets, there is plenty of room to work.

With this tuning, you have identical home-position notes at fret 2 (double dots) on the bass side and at fret 12 (double dots) on the melody side.  With the same notes under both hands and the strings arranged like a standard guitar or bass, it is easier to navigate the fretboard.  Of course, custom tunings and string arrangements are also available to suit any style or background.

Under the hood we keep the output signal as clean as possible with full faraday cage shielding, meticulous grounding, and top shelf components from brands like Bartolini and GraphTech.

All of that effort going into sound quality, playability, and responsiveness means nothing without excellent intonation. To do it right, we teamed up with intonation guru Buzz Feiton.  The result is an instrument that sounds perfectly in tune with other instruments, and more importantly is in tune with itself all over the fretboard for a clean, clear tone and tight harmonies.

All of that effort going into sound quality, playability, and responsiveness means nothing without excellent intonation. To do it right, we teamed up with intonation guru Buzz Feiton.  The result is an instrument that sounds perfectly in tune with other instruments, and more importantly is in tune with itself all over the fretboard for a clean, clear tone and tight harmonies.

Every new instrument ships with a patented 3-point strap, digital copies of a set of four method books, an extra .009 string, a stereo output cable and a tool kit. Several styles of cases are available, and are highly recommended.  A variety of accessories are also available for the players convenience.

 

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Two handed guitar tapping techniques played on megatar specialty 12 string bass guitars.  Lots of different styles and tunings.  Play bass chords and accompaniment at the same time with traditional or more piano like techniques.

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Video Gallery


Two handed guitar tapping techniques played on megatar specialty 12 string bass guitars.  Lots of different styles and tunings.  Play bass chords and accompaniment at the same time with traditional or more piano like techniques.

Video Gallery
 

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Specifications


You want specs?  Here's the lowdown on the Megatar Touch-Style Bass. Research and compare, we know we've got what you need.

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Specifications


You want specs?  Here's the lowdown on the Megatar Touch-Style Bass. Research and compare, we know we've got what you need.

Specifications
 

Construction:  Solid neck-through construction, tilt-back head stock, zero-fret, and through-body string anchoring.  Standard with two adjustable truss rods.  Optional with multi-species neck laminations and three full length carbon fiber reinforcement rods. 

Woods:  Standard with laminated solid sapele body and wenge fret board.  Custom wood choices available. Click here for more information on wood choices.

Scale Length:  33.5 inches.   

Neck Specs:  Width at nut: +/- 3.5” (87.5 mm)  Width at last fret: +/- 5.0” (127 mm)  Thickness at nut:  +/- 1.0” (25 mm)  Thickness at body: +/- 1.13”  (28.25 mm)   Flat, no radius. 

Dimensions: Overall length:  +/- 45.5" (115.5cm)   Overall width: +/- 9.5" (24cm)   Weight: Depends on wood choices.  Normally between 8 and 10 pounds.

Frets: 25 Frets, nickel-silver extra jumbo (Stew-mac 154).  zero-fret is Jescar Evo gold.  Standard with parallel frets, fanned frets are available. 

String spacing:  Nut:  .293" (7.44mm)   Bridge:  .413" (10.5mm) with 21mm gap in between

Body Shape:  Standard with custom hornless minimalist body.  Customized body shapes available.

Control cavity covers:  Solid matching hardwood, fully shielded.

Fingerboard: Standard with quarter-sawn Wenge.  Custom woods available.

Finish:  Water-based ultra-hard musical instrument lacquer.  Hand rubbed satin baby's butt finish.  Optional traditional oil finish available.

Inlay:  Available with Genuine abalone or MoP 8mm dots at D2, 5, D7, 9, D12, 15, D17, 19, D22.  Custom inlay options available.

Side dots: Available with 2.8mm Genuine Abalone, same locations as above.  Customizable.

Hardware color:  Choice of black, gold, or chrome.  Upgradeable. 
 
Strap:  Includes standard black 2"-inch web strap with Marvel strap locks in choice of gold, chrome, or black.  Luxury leather strap upgrades with Schaller strap locks available.

Pickups:  Standard with WSC gold or chrome case alnico humbuckers.   Bartolini humbuckers and/or Graph Tech Ghost Acoustiphonic piezos highly recommended.  Optional with custom Bartolini dual-channel active preamp curcuits and/or Ghost Hexaphonic MIDI output.  Customizable.

Controls:  Standard bass tone, melody tone, nested volume, side mount stereo output.  Optional three-way pickup switches, stereo/mono switch, dual mono output, etc.  Customizable. 

Bridge System:  Standard with custom chrome-plated solid brass monoplate and chrome-plated brass saddles. Through-body string anchoring with chrome ferrules.  Optional Graph Tech tusq, or Graph Tech stringsaver saddles.    Optional individual solid brass “12-Tone” bridge plates for fanned frets, custom string spacing, and/or tonal purity.

Tuning:  Standard with straight fourths (bass bottom) tuning.  Also available with "Chapman Stick" style inverted fifths tuning, mirrored fourths tuning, matched reciprocal,  Daiss tuning, and others.  Crossed or uncrossed.  Custom tunings available.  

Intonation:  "Buzz Feiten Tuning System" compensated offset.

In the Box:  Instrument, strap with locks, method books, tool kit, extra .009 string, stereo output cable. 

 
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Accessories


Megatar cases, stands, gig bags, strings and more.  Everything you need to accessorize your axe.

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Accessories


Megatar cases, stands, gig bags, strings and more.  Everything you need to accessorize your axe.

Accessories

 
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Reviews


The Megatar is a masterpiece of the luthier's art! Thoughtfully manufactured with the player in mind, both playability and tone are unlike any other instrument I've played. Never before have I owned an instrument that could perform in so many different roles in an ensemble: Bass, Rhythm, Lead, Ambient Keyboard-like Textures -- the sky's the limit! 

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Reviews


The Megatar is a masterpiece of the luthier's art! Thoughtfully manufactured with the player in mind, both playability and tone are unlike any other instrument I've played. Never before have I owned an instrument that could perform in so many different roles in an ensemble: Bass, Rhythm, Lead, Ambient Keyboard-like Textures -- the sky's the limit! 

What are People Saying?

For me, it’s about playability. The Megatar neck is very smooth, and easy to play.”
“And the intonation is really outstanding — a nice clear sound.
— David Reyes, composer and sound designer, Interactive Audio Design

The Megatar is a masterpiece of the luthier’s art! Thoughtfully manufactured with the player in mind, both playability and tone are unlike any other instrument I’ve played. Never before have I owned an instrument that could perform in so many different roles in an ensemble: Bass, Rhythm, Lead, Ambient Keyboard-like Textures — the sky’s the limit! Can’t wait to take it on tour with me!
— Ryan Smith, guitarist and bass-player, Tucson, AR

When I first plugged it into my amp, I was really surprised about how clean and strong it sounds! The Bartolini pickups are great! The Lower bass strings are pretty easy to reach - and that was a surprise too, because my fingers are not very long, and so I had my little doubts about playing comfort. Bass sound is rich, bright and all notes are very, VERY precise! I especially like the sound with some smooth distortion and chorus added to the bass channel - what a roaring, deep tone! Melody strings are also especially bright and sonorous. And what sustain! Andrew, our guitar player, played a few chords on the melody strings and just turned pale with envy!

I think, the construction is worth praising too. The neck is wide, but pretty thin so (as I have already said) it is very comfortable for both hands to reach any note, at any fret. And I liked the fanned frets very much. As for me, personally, it feels easier for my fingers to strike the right note when playing fast ascending scales and passages. Fingers tend to shift closer to each other, so the fanned frets, converging from lower to higher strings, really help fingers to get to the right place!

Beautiful design. All parts combine with each other perfectly, and it feels smooth when you touch it, and comfortable when you put it on.
— Evgeniy Seleznev, bass-player, Russia

The Megatar Rocks!
— Dino Haak, of the Dino Haak Collective, Seattle and Germany

Megatars are lethal and cause sleep deprivation.
— Ernie Jackson, Funkmeister, New York

Just writing to say I am having a blast with the megatar. It is a great instrument and I find that your books are allowing me to advance and keep me interested at the same time.
— Max Girouard, musician, Providence, Rhode Island"

Great instrument. Plays fast and light. Great sound. Very much in tune!
— Daniel Schell, composer and musician, Belgium

Thank you very much for everything. Everything is perfect! Since the new tapping bass arrived, I have been preoccupied with practicing. This instrument makes me forget the feeling of time, which means that I have done nothing but play it.”

“I am really satisfied with the instrument. Once again I thank you very much for everything about the new tapping bass.”
— Kazumi Ozawa, musician, Japan

My Megatar arrived today. I am at this moment trying it out for the first time. It’s beautiful, and it sounds wonderful, much sweeter than I expected! I couldn’t be happier! Thank you.
— Geir Offenberg, musician, Oslo, Norway

The Megatar is quite an interesting and exotic instrument, congratulations. I like the sound characteristics, not only the timbre but also the easiness to get a good response throughout the fingerboard, and the sustain response.
— Rodrigo Werneck, bass-builder, Brazil

To me The Megatar is like a spaceship soaring across the universe, like a cosmic goose, resonating at warp speed, propelled by the melody of my heartstrings.
— Alex Warren, Musician, homebuilt experimental aircraft pilot.

I got the Megatar yesterday. I love it. It’s better than what I envisioned. Sounds great and plays great. Already I’ve discovered some new musical territories. Thanks.
— Richard Sawyer, musician, Ringgold, Georgia

Yesterday I bought a Megatar from your UK dealer and I am in love with it! I’ve tried other tapping instruments and have been a bassist for 12 years, but I love this instrument most of all! It’s really great! Just thought I’d let you know how happy I am with my Megatar, and all the best to you for the future.
— Craig Price, bassist, England

This is one of the better instruments I’ve played — smooth action, great lows and a really comfortable strap. The hands feel very comfortable and it’s easy to reach everything. I like it!
— Robert Xavier, bassist for 'Too Hot' and 'Toucan Review'

This is an instrument which I find to be superior feature wise (wider string spacing, and superior sound) to other touch-style instruments I’ve played. With the Feiten Intonation System, the instrument is a helluva lot easier to tune!
— Glenn Drakeley, musician, Howell, New Jersey

I received my Megatar Eclipse yesterday and I am impressed! The sound and playability of the instrument are worth much more than the price that I paid. Thank you very much for such a quality instrument. It is going to be my main instrument from now on.
— Vernon Steele, musician, Knoxville, Tennessee

I’ve spent happy days with my new Megatar. It is more than I expected! Deep clear tone, lovely looking, easy to play fingerboard stabilized by MegStrap, and the body is not too heavy so I play this instrument many hours every day.”

”I’ll hit the stage with my Megatar at my next performance. I think the audience will be carried away by its great sound. Thank you for making such wonderful tapping instrument.
— Satoshi Yuge, musician, Nagoya, Japan

The tone is full and earthy over the whole fretboard, and perfectly in tune no matter where you play. All you have to do is lightly touch a string, and it responds with a clear, bell-like tone. If I had to rate the ToneWeaver out of 10 I would give it a 12! It’s a well-built, functional instrument that will last me for years to come. I’m totally satisfied with the instrument and the people of Mobius Megatar. Thank you!
— John Bailey, guitarist, Hastings, New Zealand

I received my Toneweaver two months ago. When I opened the package to check that everything was in place, I could not believe my eyes. I could not stop looking at the instrument , because I knew it would be good, but I never thought that it would be so well done.
“This instrument is great because it gives me the opportunity to discover and explore new sounds , new harmonies , new melodies. It ‘s really magic !!!
“ The sound is present and well defined. I have never owned before today an instrument that could play so many different roles within a group, it can safely be rhythmic, melodic, harmonic or all of these things together. Moreover I can really take advantage of everything that I have studied on the electric bass
I am very satisfied with my purchase. again thank you.
— Google Translated from original Italian: Fabrizio Fabiani, classical player, Forli-Cesena, Italy

The Megatar offers me musical possibilities which are beyond the scope of the common composition. Where I used to try to imagine the bass in my head while I played guitar - or vice versa - I can now have both at the same time, as well as things I have never heard before. It’s uncharted territory , an adventure into new realms. The Megatar is almost an inexhaustible source of new ideas.
— Google Translated from original German: Raed Khashoukgti, Germany