Visually, there's nothing really quite like them although they were inspired by the Holdsworth Fatboy. They are engineered with specific goals in mind, mostly around comfort and tone; CamelBacks have an asymmetrical waistline so the guitar will fit the player perfectly whether it is being played standing, in the conventional seated or classical seated position, or kneeling.

Body finishes include French polish that retains the natural beauty of the wood and resonance of the top and back for a premium or lacquer or PE finishes in clear, tint, solid paint, or bursts and a polymerized tung oil on the neck for ultimate in feel. The control cover is cut from the same back piece so that the grain is un-interrupted in the natural wood models. All tops and backs are bookmatched by hand from the same piece except for the budget models made from poplar or alder.

Body design features

The bottom of the guitar is designed so that it could be stood on end and be stable with the neck or headstock leaning against a wall or chair without harming the bottom of the guitar.

The output jack is located in a protected position and particularly when using a right-angle chord, the chord will not pull out if stepped on thus avoiding the dreaded “cable dance”.

On my own guitar, I have a chamber located away from the strumming location where the electronics controls reside so that in that way, an accidental pickup re-selection or volume augmentation will not occur. It is located so that you can blindly hand-cup the control and adjust it whenever you needed to do it very quickly. For folks who prefer it in a more conventional location, this is certainly achievable and can be discussed at the time of the build.

Also unique is the choice of woods. I have now incorporated CNC routing equipment into the making of the skeletons for critical dimensioning to enhance quality and still hand sand and prepare each body throughout the build process! Bezels are also CNC built to my specs for each guitar build. You have a choice of one, two, or three pickups as each core is routed for all three and the top is cut for however many or which pickups are required by you.

Electronics and wiring

The premium electronics package allows for the maximum number of single, paired, or humbucker arrangements possible in a very intuitive layout. More conventional Strat and Les Paul pickup and electronics arrangements are also available.

I have also incorporated a unique conduit system making pickup changes very easy to do even with the chambered body; you do not need to remove the middle or bridge pickups to route wiring from the neck pickup into the control cavity! Wire is fed through each location’s own conduit from each pickup location directly into the control cavity.

The standard pickups I use have more of a jazz quality at the neck and more of a vintage rock pickup at the bridge and the combinations available give this guitar the widest range of tones available! This was one of the biggest goals of my design…ultimate versatility!

What's Coming!!

In the very near future, I am looking into designing a new body based on The Mantis but in a full size body incorporating some unique chambering allowing for a thinner and even more comfortable body yet retaining the rich tone of a superior chambered body design! This will in fact be a true 25.5" scale without compromise, and is now available at its 11.5" lower bout width. This model is called The Cicada. Be watching for a separate page on this model in the near future as orders are already being received for this mocel! I also am looking into sourcing more true "boutique" pickups to deliver the unique characteristics I desire in these guitars. Vintage Vibe has in fact now been signed on as a pickup supplier! Thicker bodies will incorporate relief and neck backset for even greater playing comfort.

The BIGGEST NEWS on the horizon is GREATLY REDUCED PRICING and an entry level RockBeach Guitar to bring you into the family! Pricing will start as low as $1000 for a new made-to-order custom RockBeach Guitar!!! Be watching for Web Specials on engineering models and in-stock guitars!

Chassis shown with all routing done

Back of the body showing matching control cover

A unique, functional, and beautiful shape