Sure, BC Rich, Fender and Godin all have their distinctive styles, but the templates tend to stay fairly similar in the world of electric guitars. While working as a machinist at a factory in Illinois, Hector Trevino was lamenting on the “3 or 4 basic templates” that electric guitars have been constructed from in the last half century. Trevino decided to try and reinvent the electric guitar, and create something that would stand out from all the solid-body electric guitars on the market. After two years of planning and building, Trevino came up with the “Sonic Wind” guitar, which has an open chamber body and a through neck. Apparently it offers players more resonance and natural sustain than solid-body electric guitars.
The handmade guitar features curved maple body panels that come together to form the open chamber, and the neck is isolated from the back of the body to negate any damping effect that the body might have on note clarity. The neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and is topped with a 1.7-inch wide (at the nut) ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets. Additionally, there is a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 pickup at the bridge position and a Jazz neck pickup. A 5-way switch offers either humbucker or single coil functionality. Strings are secured at the body end by a stainless steel tailpiece specially designed for the Sonic Wind Guitar, which then travel over a Tune-o-matic bridge on their way to the headstock. The icing on the cake is the nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Trevino is currently touring with the Sonic Wind, taking it to guitar shows and exhibitions around the United States. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any video or audio footage of the guitar in action, but a YouTube video is currently being produced.
This guitar reminds me a bit of the work of Ulrich Teuffel of Teuffel Guitars. The “birdfish” guitar, in particular, seeks to transform the traditional body of an electric guitar. It’s very minimalist and even has pickups that can be exchanged with each other. Though Teuffel’s guitars cost up to $15,000 or more, and the first limited production run of 20 of the Sonic Wind guitars will be priced at $3,000 a piece, including a custom hard case and limited lifetime warranty.