xen is the ongoing evolution of over 25 years of passion for guitar design. I have always strived to design guitars which enhance the connection between player and instrument; form and function working together to create a complete experience. It is my hope that my passion, inspiration, and commitment to excellence will help fuel yours as well.
-eric lovett, owner, designer
Why headless? Contrary to popular belief, it's not a passing fad. The first headless solidbody instruments, designed and built by Ned Steinberger, were produced over 37 years ago. Eliminating the weight of the headstock improves balance and comfort. Also, lessening the length of the strings past the nut prevents unwanted string vibration and harmonics. Tuning at the bridge is very simple and extremely precise. Try one! You may fall in love!
Why the angled frets? A longer scale on the low end allows for more balanced tension from string to string. It requires little to no adjustment time, and can be more comfortable than stadard straight frets.
Why more than 6/4 strings? Simple. Some players need more range to be able to create their music. Guitars are available in 6-10 strings and basses in 4-9.
Standard Specs and Options
Body woods: Walnut, Swamp Ash, Mahogany, Alder, or Black Limba
Top Woods: Flamed or Quilted Maple
Neck: 5-piece, Maple/Walnut, 6mm Offset Dots
Fingerboard: Rosewood or Maple, 16" Radius
Side Dots: Luminlay, Blue or Green
Frets: 26 (6 & 7 strings), 27 (8 strings), 28 (basses), Super Jumbo, Jescar Wire 57110
Hardware: Hipshot Headless, Black or Chrome
Pickups: Lace Alumitones or Bass Bars
Controls: Volume/Tone (Coil Tapping), 3-way Switch
Finish: Natural or Single Color Stain, Oil
Chambered Body: $50
Macassar Ebony Top: $50
Exotic Fingerboard Woods (Flamed, Birdseye, Roasted Maple, Ebony, or Macassar Ebony): $50
Exotic Neck Woods (Flamed, Birdseye, Roasted Maple, Wenge, Macassar Ebony, or Rosewood): $100
Other Top, Neck, or Fingerboard Woods: By Quote
Straight Frets or Left Handed Orientation: No Charge
Control Cavity Cover to Match Top Wood: $30
Different Pickups (Many Options): By quote
SKB Flight Case: $250
Custom Scale Length, Finish or Electronics, Neck-Thru Construction, Headstock: By Quote
Prices (subject to change)
6 Strings: $2699
7 Strings: $2799
8 Strings: $2899
9-10 Strings: By Quote
4 Strings: $2699
5 Strings: $2799
6 Strings: $2899
7 Strings: $2999
8-9 Strings: By Quote
OTHER (Touch Guitar, etc.)
This is an average for a standard spec build. Be aware that some options will drastically affect the timeline for delivery.
50% is due up front. It is not refundable once the build begins. The remaining 50%, plus s&h, is due upon completion.
We also accept Square, escrow.com, and wire transfers. Please confirm method before sending any form of payment.
Buyer is responsible for actual shipping costs and any applicable taxes. We can help determine those costs in advance