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The EGYPT PHARAOH ISIS has a multi laminated neck and bodies. A hornbeam centre splice is used for structural stability and rigidity, flanked by contrasting wenge splices. The PHARAOH ISIS is finished in individual and unique hardwood facing timber. These exotic wood facings include figured English ash, rippled (tiger-stripe) maple, birds eye maple and figured poplar.
PHARAOH ISIS has a finest quality ebony fingerboard, inlaid with hand-cut and matched, pyramid shaped mother-of-pearl markers. All Pharaoh series guitars are fitted with the Egypt Creative EQ system. This system gives superb tonal variation without sacrificing the natural character of the instrument sound like so many other active EQ circuits do.
Two specially designed and individual looking EGYPT CLEARTONE pickups are fitted to PHARAOH instruments. Guitar pickups have a hotter sounding CLEARTONE pickup at the bridge matched with a mellower sounding unit at the neck. This allows maximum tonal variation. Pickup assemblies are shielded and potted in epoxy. They are completely free of microphonic squeal or interference and have an extremely wide frequency response.
On the PHARAOH ISIS. the neck pickup is slanted, with the bass side closer to the neck than the treble side.
Each CLEARTONE pickup is linked to its own parametric EQ circuit allowing up to 16dB cut or boost (dB amount internally adjustable via trim pot) over a wide frequency range (185Hz to 4.8KHz). An 11 detent frequency control selects the desired frequency whilst a micro switch selects cut or boost. A master volume control determines output level and is adjustable throughout its range with no tonal degradation. A centre detented balance control blends output of the two pickups and a micro switch EQ on or off. In addition to the balance control a 3-way toggle switch aids rapid pickup selection.
The EGYPT PHARAOH ISIS has gold plated hardware, with fixed brigde, and 3-a-side headstock.
Finishes: Nile blue, Rosetta red, Aurora Nile blue, Aurora Rosetta red. Thebes (water clear natural) and Aurora Tobacco.
The pictured Pharaoh Isis is finished in Aurora Tobacco. with mahogany and rippled maple construction and gold plated hardware.
Source: Egypt Guitars flyer, 1985