UltraModern

“A truly unique and impressive guitar…it could be your only axe.”

The b3 UltraModern guitar model is an accumulation of classic shred guitars merged with some of today’s more modern features, construction design to hardware becoming available within the always expanding marketplace.  Available in both 22 fret set neck and 24 fret bolt on headless versions.

We have gathered together a host of brands that are the core of the UltraModern design. Featuring Fishman Fluence Pickups and the Sophia 2:22 and 2:92 tremolos with Global Tuner and Dual Stabilizer.

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A word about Fishman Fluence Electronics

Fishman Fluence pickups are not your daddy’s pickups yet they may feature many tonal aspects of Vintage to Hot Rodded pickups combined in one to achieve a multitude of sonic tones. Each pickup targeting classic to modern sounds plus a larger array when coupled with other Fluence pickup models.

Open Core Classic Humbucker Neck:

Voice 1 – Vintage P.A.F. – The ideal, elusive P.A.F. neck tone with the dynamics and output level you want.
Voice 2 – Clear, airy chime — A Fluence-exclusive neck tone, with unreal highs, vocal midrange, and tight lows.
Voice 3 – Clear, Vintage Single Coil

Open Core Classic Humbucker Bridge:

Voice 1 – Vintage P.A.F. — The ideal, calibrated vintage PAF bridge humbucker tone at the perfect output level.
Voice 2 – Classic Hot Rod — The quintessential hot rodded bridge humbucker tone without all the baggage.
Voice 3 – Slightly Overwound Single Coil

Single Width Pickup:

Feature Vintage single coil tone, plus a 3db Boost Option for level matching with a hotter humbucker.

Fishman Fluence pickups are not your daddy’s pickups yet they may feature many tonal aspects of Vintage to Hot Rodded pickups combined in one to achieve a multitude of sonic tones. Each pickup targeting classic to modern sounds plus a larger array when coupled with other Fluence pickup models.

Open Core Classic Humbucker Neck:

Voice 1 – Vintage P.A.F. – The ideal, elusive P.A.F. neck tone with the dynamics and output level you want.
Voice 2 – Clear, airy chime — A Fluence-exclusive neck tone, with unreal highs, vocal midrange, and tight lows.
Voice 3 – Clear, Vintage Single Coil

Open Core Classic Humbucker Bridge:

Voice 1 – Vintage P.A.F. — The ideal, calibrated vintage PAF bridge humbucker tone at the perfect output level.
Voice 2 – Classic Hot Rod — The quintessential hot rodded bridge humbucker tone without all the baggage.
Voice 3 – Slightly Overwound Single Coil

Single Width Pickup:

Feature Vintage single coil tone, plus a 3db Boost Option for level matching with a hotter humbucker.

A word about Sophia Tremolo Systems

The Sophia tremolos throughout incorporate solid mating design principles. With solid mated saddles to the base plate individual strings are “non” adjustable in height and are preset based on the two tremolo post height screws or by shimming the underside of the saddles individually. This solid mating captures the most extreme in tone transfer principles with less moving parts. The top loaded string access design allows for quicker string change and less string breakage at the bridge compared to traditional through the rear tremolo blocks.

The Sophia 2:22

  • Dual Loading Brass or Stainless Steel CNC saddles —  include a “top-loading” the string placement so that the reinforcement windings at the ball-end of the string advances to the .197 high intonation point — to eliminate string stretch without resorting to locking or clamping the string — includes string threading through the spring block for a looser more traditional feel.
  • Global Tuner Pro includes Stainless Steel Contact Pins – Extended Length Option [ask]
  • 1.675″ Wide Cold rolled steel Built-in locking TremStop
  • Lo-part Count Design for exceptional clarity and sustain — half of most vintage trems
  • Sophia No-Wobble Arm
  • Lo-Noise Copper coated Springs and Claw

The Sophia 2:22

  • Dual Loading Brass or Stainless Steel CNC saddles —  include a “top-loading” the string placement so that the reinforcement windings at the ball-end of the string advances to the .197 high intonation point — to eliminate string stretch without resorting to locking or clamping the string — includes string threading through the spring block for a looser more traditional feel.
  • Global Tuner Pro includes Stainless Steel Contact Pins – Extended Length Option [ask]
  • 1.675″ Wide Cold rolled steel Built-in locking TremStop
  • Lo-part Count Design for exceptional clarity and sustain — half of most vintage trems
  • Sophia No-Wobble Arm
  • Lo-Noise Copper coated Springs and Claw

The Sophia 2:92

  • Macro-tuners – infinite fine tuning or full range [60:1 tuning ratio]
  • Global Tuner Pro includes Stainless Steel Contact Pins – Extended Length Option [ask]
  • Dual Locking/Loading feature, with ball-end in the knob, or larger diameter strings, up to .075, plain end loaded through nose slot
  • Fits vintage Original Floyd Rose® or similar Approx 2.92″ riser post spec
  • .422″ [10.7mm]  wide tiers for 2.11 [53.93 mm] E to E string Spacing
  • 14” radius pre-radius — Shims in stock
  • Multi-capable up to approx .750 intonation differential between first and sixth strings — range over 15º requires removal of bass side spring block M5 screw

The Sophia 2:92

  • Macro-tuners – infinite fine tuning or full range [60:1 tuning ratio]
  • Global Tuner Pro includes Stainless Steel Contact Pins – Extended Length Option [ask]
  • Dual Locking/Loading feature, with ball-end in the knob, or larger diameter strings, up to .075, plain end loaded through nose slot
  • Fits vintage Original Floyd Rose® or similar Approx 2.92″ riser post spec
  • .422″ [10.7mm]  wide tiers for 2.11 [53.93 mm] E to E string Spacing
  • 14” radius pre-radius — Shims in stock
  • Multi-capable up to approx .750 intonation differential between first and sixth strings — range over 15º requires removal of bass side spring block M5 screw

Global Tuner Wheel

This is designed to help tuning speed when you’re in a hurry. If you have ever owned a Floyd Rose style tremolo you may have experienced at times your trying to re-tune and your entire guitar is 5 to 10 cents out and on a Floyd you may have to unlock your strings (nut) often until your bridge settles in on its new pitch. The global wheel can help reach full pitch with less wait time. As long as you keep a gap in the Global Tuner block then you will always have room for global tuning as all strings will rise or lower pitch together as you turn the Global Tuner Wheel. Keep about a .050 inch gap in the Global Tuner for adjustment and it will prove to be a useful tool allowing you a fast adjustment when needed across all strings. For speedy adjustment, pull the tremolo bar up (pulled back) and turn the wheel while holding the tremolo in up position. Granted this model does not feature a locking nut but you can still take advantage of the Global Tuner for changing guitars pitch over all in one giant knob.

Dual Stabilizer

The Dual Stabilizer uses two non adjustable pistons that rest on the tremolo block cavity their function help maintain note pitch while doing double stop bends to string bending and help keep notes at pitch and return the tremolo to zero quickly. The stabilizer is positioned to connect with the back wall of the tremolo block cavity. The Dual Stabilizer also enhances a tone coupling transfer easily heard acoustically when the stabilizer pistons come in contact with the tremolo block wall.

Global Tuner Wheel

This is designed to help tuning speed when you’re in a hurry. If you have ever owned a Floyd Rose style tremolo you may have experienced at times your trying to re-tune and your entire guitar is 5 to 10 cents out and on a Floyd you may have to unlock your strings (nut) often until your bridge settles in on its new pitch. The global wheel can help reach full pitch with less wait time. As long as you keep a gap in the Global Tuner block then you will always have room for global tuning as all strings will rise or lower pitch together as you turn the Global Tuner Wheel. Keep about a .050 inch gap in the Global Tuner for adjustment and it will prove to be a useful tool allowing you a fast adjustment when needed across all strings. For speedy adjustment, pull the tremolo bar up (pulled back) and turn the wheel while holding the tremolo in up position. Granted this model does not feature a locking nut but you can still take advantage of the Global Tuner for changing guitars pitch over all in one giant knob.

Dual Stabilizer

The Dual Stabilizer uses two non adjustable pistons that rest on the tremolo block cavity their function help maintain note pitch while doing double stop bends to string bending and help keep notes at pitch and return the tremolo to zero quickly. The stabilizer is positioned to connect with the back wall of the tremolo block cavity. The Dual Stabilizer also enhances a tone coupling transfer easily heard acoustically when the stabilizer pistons come in contact with the tremolo block wall.

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