Babicz Guitars

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Babicz Guitars USA
Corporation
IndustryMusical instruments
FoundedPoughkeepsie, United States (2003)
FounderJeff Babicz and Jeff Carano
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
America, Europe and Asia
Key people
Jeff Babicz (CEO)
ProductsAcoustic guitars, Semi-acoustic guitars and instrument hardware
DivisionsFull Contact Hardware
WebsiteHomepage

Babicz Guitars (pronounced BAB-bits) is a manufacturer of high-end acoustic guitars and electric guitars and full contact hardware, as well as a producer of licensable guitar technology. The Babicz Guitars offices are in Poughkeepsie, New York, ninety miles north of Manhattan, United States. Babicz has received numerous reviews and awards for its innovation in the guitarist community. While Babicz Guitars USA headquarters are located in Poughkeepsie, New York, their guitars and hardware have been used throughout the world by a variety of talented individuals.

Babicz Guitars was established in late 2003 by Jeff Carano and Jeff Babicz, veterans of the guitar industry, and players themselves. As the executive management team for the headless Steinberger Guitar Company in the 1980s and early 1990s, Carano and Babicz experienced success in selling products throughout the world due to their unique relationship with domestic and international distributors, as well as a cohesive artist relations program. Their experience has demonstrated the value of a strong marketing program in combination with proven business practices.

Over the years Babicz Guitars has made a considerable impact in the highly competitive guitar industry. This has been accomplished through the development of innovative and revolutionary patented guitar designs of Jeff Babicz, and through its enthusiastic acceptance by the international artist community, corralled by Jeff Carano.

Jeff Babicz: Throughout the 1980s Jeff worked with Ned Steinberger to oversee instrument production at the world-famous Steinberger factory in Newburgh, N.Y. He uses his unique business and personal experiences to design guitars and hardware that is trusted by professionals around the world. He and his partner Jeff Carano founded Babicz Guitars USA in 2003. As a designer he is known for building and designing for icons such as Billy Gibbons, Eddie Van Halen, Steven Wilson, Steve Howe, David Gilmour and more.

The Technology[edit]

The Babicz guitar is unique in that it's designed by a musician for a musician. When Jeff Babicz set out to "re-design" the acoustic guitar, his three main objective were improvements in string action height, sonic qualities, and intonation. Babicz guitars is most known for its three patented technologies, the Continually Adjustable Neck (US patent # 7,157,634), Lateral Compression Soundboard, and the Torque Reducing Split Bridge (combined into one patent # 7,112,733). In addition to selling guitars, Babicz Guitars licenses these technologies to guitar manufacturers such as C. F. Martin & Company and Michael Kelly Guitars.

Babicz Neck Patent 7,157,634.jpg

Continually Adjustable Neck[edit]

The Babicz Continually Adjustable Neck is used to adjust the action of the guitar from a low electric feel all the way to high slide, without changing the tuning or intonation of the guitar and can be done anytime without detuning. This is because unlike previous neck adjustments there is no tilting or pivoting. The neck slides in a pocket parallel to the slides of the guitar not altering scale length or string tension. This is done by inserting a 3/16" allen wrench into the trap plate on the back of the guitar and turning it in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.[1]

Lateral Compression Soundboard[edit]

Unlike a standard 6-string guitars, Babicz anchors their strings fanned out along the edge of the soundboard near the side. The strings pass through the string retainer and over the saddle. By anchoring the strings in this fashion the overall tension of the strings is spread across the top and not concentrated in the center, which is the weakest part of the top. This allows Babicz to use a lighter form of bracing on the top other than the rigid X-brace which can impede the vibration of the top often dampening the sound of the guitar.

Torque Reducing Split Bridge[edit]

The feature allows the player to adjust the intonation of the guitar throughout its life. Loosening the fasteners on the bridge allows it slide back and forth to adjust the intonation when needed unlike standard guitars with glued bridges.

Models[edit]

Babicz has two guitar series: the Identity which is their high-end acoustic model and their Octane series hollow-body electric guitar. All guitars feature Babicz’s patented iCZ technology.

Babicz Identity Jumbo Rosewood

Identity Series[edit]

The Identity Series is constructed with solid Englemann spruce soundboard, solid Javanese rosewood or mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge, gloss finish on back and sides, and a satin finish on the top and neck. Identity models have 20 frets, a 25.5” scale length, and a 1-11/16” nut. Body shapes include Jumbo cutaway and Dreadnought or Dread cutaway. The Babicz Spider is their all black, all mahogany guitar. The Acute and Small Jumbo FingerStyle models feature a wider neck with a 1-13/16” nut width, and a shorter 24.75” scale length along with a pointed Florentine cutaway.

Octane Series[edit]

OCTANE 515 ACOUSTIC[edit]

- single cutaway semi-hollow body, mahogany or spruce top, mahogany neck, 15/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, three-per-side tuners, Torque Reducing Split Bridge, L.R. Baggs iMix pickup and electronics, two knobs, pickup selector switch, black hardware, available in Natural finish, mfg. 2006 only.

OCTANE 818 SINGLE PICKUP[edit]

- single cutaway semi-hollow body, spruce top, mahogany neck, 15/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, three-per-side tuners, Torque Reducing Split Bridge, single Seymour Duncan humbucker pickup, three knobs, black hardware, Natural finish, mfg. 2006 only.

OCTANE 818 TWO PICKUP[edit]

- single cutaway semi-hollow body, mahogany or flame maple top, mahogany neck, 15/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, three-per-side tuners, Torque Reducing Split Bridge, two Seymour Duncan humbucker pickups, two knobs, pickup selector switch, black hardware, available in Black, Blue Flame Maple, or Tobacco Burst finish, mfg. 2006-2010.

OCTANE 818 THREE PICKUP[edit]

- single cutaway semi-hollow body, mahogany or flame maple top, mahogany neck, 15/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, three-per-side tuners, Torque Reducing Split Bridge, three Seymour Duncan single coil pickups, two knobs, pickup selector switch, black hardware, available in Black, Blue Flame Maple, or Tobacco Burst finish, mfg. 2006-2010.

Guitar Artists[edit]

Musicians who use Babicz guitars include:[1]

Full Contact Hardware Artists[edit]

Press[edit]

Jeff Babicz and Jeff Carano’s pioneer-ship has received press recognition from various notable musicians and guitar enthusiasts alike which praise them for their talents in dedicating their lives to creating trustworthy innovative guitars. Some outlets that have recognized their achievements include: Teja Gerkan: Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Leonard Russel: On-line Review, Matt Blackett: Frets Magazine, Peter S. Kohman: Guitar World Magazine, Matt Charles: Premier Guitars, Chip Wilson: Vintage Guitar Magazine, Brian Majeski: Music Trades Magazine, Derek Davodowic: MusicPlayers.com,Stan Jay: Mandolin Brothers Review, Chip Wilson: Vintage Guitar Magazine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Babicz Guitars USA - Continually Adjustable Neck". www.babiczguitars.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05.

Blue Book of Electric Guitar Values

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