classic mobius megatar maxtapper banshee

classic mobius megatar maxtapper banshee

Honestly, although there is a pretty long list of tweaks, the Megatar has always been an excellent instrument, with a focus on the mechanics of playability and tone and a sparse, functional aesthetic that belied it's sonic capabilities. 

Take that foundation and run it through a design optimization cycle and what you get is something like this:                                                                 

I like them both, but I actually like the old one better.

I like them both, but I actually like the old one better.

Shameless, I know.  Seriously I could use a shave too.

Shameless, I know.  Seriously I could use a shave too.

Or really mostly like this:


OK, enough of that.

Here is a list of some of the differences:

-Removed poorly applied headstock decal or sticker.  Added options for custom inlay.

-Made the hole in the headstock a little smaller to strengthen the tip and make room for moving the tuners slightly inward for a more direct string path. 

-Added megatar script logo inside the headstock hole, and “hand made in Mt. Shasta CA by:” and hand signing of each instrument.

-Increased the radii all around the headstock hole and softened outside edges for better integrity and aesthetics.

-Increased thickness of headstock slightly which embeds the tuners a little more to increase the pull down on the zero fret/nut area.

-Got rid of crude nut/string guide and replaced with string guide integrated into the end of the fret board.  Simple, elegant, no tone robbing assemblies of parts.

-Replaced drawer liner string deadener with piano felt.  Looks good, works good, better access to first fret.

-Went up a size on the zero-fret and switched to Jescar Evo ™ ultra-hard alloy fret wire.  Better energy transfer at the zero-fret.

-Went up a size on fret wire and upgraded fret work.  Better feel, more sustain.

-Fret board is slightly thicker for more integrity and to accommodate lower action.

-Added option for custom fingerboard inlay.

-Added some contour to the fretboard base.

-Minimized truss rod adjustment access cavities.

-Added optional carbon fiber reenforcement rods embedded in the neck.

-Strings are spaced evenly across the neck at the nut to increase string spacing.  While maintaining gap between strings at bridge to eliminate crosstalk.

-Added optional multi-species neck laminations.

-Added figured wood options.

-Added exotic and figured wood choices.

-Upgraded standard wood to 1/4 sawn sapele.

-Ditched plastic pick guard and huge front side control cavity.

-Switched to direct mount pickups and ‘rear route’ design. Pushed control cavities into the wings.

-Added solid matching hardwood control cavity covers.

-Modified glue choices for better tone and serviceability.

-Adjusted body angles for better balance visually and physically.

-Sculpted rear of body and removed delicate end grain serial number label cavity.

-Sculpted front side and narrowed base of body creating shoulders that make the Megatar fit in standard folding guitar stands.

-Overall less weight with more rigidity and response.

-Ditched faux-international paper serial number label.

-Re-arranged and upgraded electronic components for better tone and ergonomics.

-Added hard grounding in place of wire to foil connections.

-Starting lapping bridge plates.

-Thicker, more professional finishes.  Added traditional oil finish as an option.

-Switched to side mount output jack.

-Added manual switching for active circuits instead of dual switched jacks.

-Added custom electronics options.

-Added standard strap locks on every instrument.

-Added choice of hardware finish at no cost.

-Removed some superfluous bolts and fasteners.

-Added luxury strap option.

-Upgraded machines and tooling for tighter tolerances and consistency.

-Upgraded finishing processes, equipment and facilities.

-Base Price New Megatar: $2250.  Equivalent classic model in old prices: $2080 

-New Megatar with Acoustiphonic Piezos:  $3250  Equivalent to classic "Maxtapper Nitro":  $3300  Is the New Megatar worth $50 less dollars than what you would have paid before?  Probably. Yeah.