New Gear Review: Aristides' 070 Seven-String Electric

Aristides070Aristides Instruments’ new 070 is their latest synthetically produced musical instrument. The guitar body and neck are molded as one piece out of Arium using an aluminum mold. Arium is a ceramic composite material with microscopic glass bubbles and the molding process is patented. Once out of the mold, the entire guitar is hand-finished just like a wood guitar.

The 070 has a 26.5-inch scale and is available with passive or active electronics.
Passive models get a Seymour Duncan Pegasus in the bridge position and Sentient in the neck position. You get a five-way switch combined with single knob push/pull volume and tone controls. The active models go with Seymour Duncan Blackouts or an EMG81/60 combo, a three-way toggle switch and also single knob volume and tone controls.

The C-shaped neck is topped off with a compound radius ebony fretboard fitted with 24 medium jumbo frets. Hardware is available in chrome, black or gold finishes and includes a Hipshot Hardtail or Floyd Rose Original tremolo.


By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com