| New Apple Horn model in the making: the Apple Horn HGS (Heavy Gauge Strings)!
"This unique guitar was produced upon the request from the endorsee. The model itself has the heavy gauge strings for tuning down, which is a popular requirement in the Death Metal music scene, for example. The bridge position is mounted 3mm further along than regularly seen on other guitars; this is to help when adjusting heavy gauge strings to an octave deeper in pitch. (The bridge saddle is placed further than the usual position due to the octave pitch adjustment on the bridge in using heavy gauge strings.) In addition, the pickup position is changed as the bridge moved. This means that players, never again need to change their playing technique because the neck length is always the same. This instrument has proved to be reliable for regular tuning with heavy gauge strings and holds just as perfectly with "dropped" D tuning setups. Upon shipment, it's equipped with a set of Dean Markley Nickelsteel LTHB (.010-.052) strings."
The Apple Horn, I am very proud to say, is my own signature model. When I started playing, not in my wildest dreams could I imagine I actually would have a guitar named after me.
It is designed by my friend Itaru Kanno and manufactured by Kyowa Inc, Caparison Guitars in Japan.
There are three official model (pictured above and below), so far only for sale in Japan, but the nice guys and gals of Caparison have made me a number of great variations. Each different in wood, design and pick-ups.
I use all of them live - either tuned to Dbsus4, B6add9, down one half-step or regular tuning. Together with my Laneys that's all I need.