Verso Cosmo: The designer guitar made of bent steel sheet

Even if you are he never held one of his eponymous instruments, you may know that Les Paul designed one of the first electric guitars with a solid body. Surprisingly, Gibson, who makes the guitar, feared that this radical new direction in instrument design would fail and did not even show the prototypes to the public for years.

But Gibson Les Paul was far from the first electric guitar. In 1931, the first electrically reinforced string instrument sold commercially was a plain, all-metal, cast aluminum steel guitar called the “Frying pan“And some Adolf Rickenbacker invented electromagnetic pickups for him.”

Now, 90 years later, Kassel, Germany-based industrial designer Robin Stumwol, founder of Verso musical instruments, returns to basics and seems to draw inspiration from the humble beginnings of the electric guitar. Without formal training as a luthier, Stummvoll decided to reduce the electric guitar to its minimum parts by reducing the amount of materials used to make each instrument.

“There’s a guitar made in the ’70s by Alan Hitler [held in the MoMA design collection] it’s basically just a steel rod with steel sills welded, “says Stummvoll.” This is really the minimum that a guitar should be, but it is very complicated to build and very expensive. So my approach was to something that could be built in a smaller store, but it creates a new perspective on luthiery. ”

Instead of a lump of wood, CosmoThe body is a carefully bent sheet of powder coated steel. This ergonomic shape not only contains the necessary scheme to make the guitar work, but also allows an innovative approach to the placement of pickups, transducers that capture the mechanical vibrations of the strings and convert them into electrical signals that can then be amplified and played through the speaker.

Pickups are usually screwed in place to the guitar body, but where they are placed affects the tone of the sound created. That’s why you see a lot of pickups in different places on, say, Fender Stratocaster or Les Paul. Stummvoll has made its pickups mobile so that they can be moved and placed where the player chooses.

“It was a happy accident,” explains Stummvoll. “It wasn’t the intention.” Because the pickups are magnetic, they are naturally pressed against the surface of Cosmo’s metal body. Realizing the potential benefits of this in terms of sound flexibility, Stummvoll made it a feature. You can watch and listen some YouTube demonstrations of this changing sound.

“It has its own character and sound, a very warm and resonant tone with a lot of harmonious content, but it’s nothing strange or strange,” says Stummvoll. “I’d say it’s something between an electric guitar and acoustics, because you have these added overtones – but more to the electric one.”

Photo: Verso Instruments

As well as Cosmo for 1781 dollars (€ 1710) and the brand Gravis bass guitar, Stummvoll released its latest creation, $ 1,935 (€ 1,860) Orbita baritone guitar. In addition to incorporating Verso’s distinctive mobile pickups, Stummvoll says the Orbit’s 28.5-inch (720mm) long scale gives this instrument precise and sandy bass in standard settings from B to B or A to A, while this added length also obviously brings a lot of support.

Stummvoll also claims that “Orbit’s natural microphone effect is less pronounced than Cosmo’s, making it even more suitable for distorted sounds.” Metal fans, pay attention.

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