Teuffel Niwa (Sapphire finish)
The Teuffel Niwa is cut out of a 100 mm (4 inches) block of American alder. Not only does American alder produce profound bass response, it's also got this low-midrange attack which is responsible for that very well-known Hendrix sound.
The body is shaped to follow your waist. Two tonewoods are visible: American alder for the body and neck, and rosewood for the fingerboard, headstock, pickups and the control knobs. All metal parts are chrome plated. All components such as the neck, strap pin, pots, pickups etc, are built in with stainless steel screws. Where they are viewable, the screws are hand polished. The threads rest in metal thread inserts which are mounted and glued into the body. You will never find a loose strap pin screw.
The VG 300 on the niwa has the twang of a real vintage vibrato with the advantage of a knife-edge system: the VG 300 floats, which allows up-bendings.
Both the body and the neck are made from Red Alder. Only highly selected Alder timber with a high stiffness can be used for the guitar necks. The timber gets treated to increase the strength in the neck / headstock zone. As a result the niwa's neck has much more stability than a neck from Honduras Mahogany. The new 2-way truss rod supports the neck in combination with a maple inlay.
The neck and middle pickup of the niwa is a split coil. It consists of two offset bobbins. One bobbin picks up the bass strings while the other picks up the treble strings. Since both bobbins are wound in reverse there is no hum. The sound of the pickup is very guttural, but much richer than a strat single coil tone. The same pickup is placed in the middle position. The bridge pickup is made in the same way but its sound is a much hotter and a different winding scheme.
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