What is a Megatar?
Since 1999 The Megatar has been a key player in the growing trend in musical instruments known as tapping or touchstyle instruments. With the vast range of 12 strings on 25 frets, The Megatar is like a monster bass and a sweet sounding guitar on one sleek neck. You make it sing by touching the strings to the frets using familiar tapping, hammer-on and pull-off guitar techniques mixed up with slapping, percussive ideas and more. Create incredible harmonies, experience rich, sonorous chords, find a new melody and back yourself up on bass or even explore traditional jazz, blues, rock, reggae, classical styles. The musical universe has a lot of uncharted territory waiting to be explored, The Megatar will take you there.
The Megatar combines innovation with tried and true “best practices” of electric guitar design to produce an instrument with a feature set that is the definition of how to achieve purity of tone and easy playability.
The custom solid brass bridge plate, is piezo ready 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. This bridge design also allows for the installation of state-of-the-art Midi and Piezo pickups from Graph Tech, opening up a whole universe of synth sounds in addition to the native sound of the instrument. This tried and true bridge system is also familiar to any qualified guitar tech, for dependability in the field.
The 12 strings are divided into two string sets with some space in between for no 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.
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.