Tailored to the diverse musical needs of her owner; solo guitarist, composer and arranger Annie Shred; Iris is an amethyst-clad Swiss army knife of an instrument. When we were initially discussing the capabilities that she wanted her guitar to have, Annie expressed that she wanted to push her technical metal writing and electronic music compositions into new territory. The inevitable end-result was a multi-scale 8-string with 27 stainless steel frets, equipped with every tone we could pack into the ultra-thin Masai frame and with a look that perfectly bridges the feminine and the brutal.
Annie and I worked closely with Derek Duncan of Seymour Duncan Pickups to get a custom set of crushing Pegasus and Sentientpickups that matched the multi-scale proportions of her guitar. Pairing each pickup with a series/parallel switch, any one pickup position could have the eq taken in a brighter or warmer direction without ever losing presence. Alongside the magnetic pickups, Iris is fitted with a Graphtech Ghost piezo-acoustic system giving all 8 strings shimmering acoustic tone with the turn of a knob. As if those options weren't enough; coupled to the acoustic preamp is a GraphTech Hexpander MIDI system which gives the top 6 strings full MIDI/synth capanilities via a Roland GK synth controller.