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Dates of manufacture:
The PalmGuitar V1 is an electric travel guitar, first introduced in 2002. The V1's designer, Tim Richards, wanted to produce a very small, very thin, durable but playable guitar. He chose carbon fibre for reasons of strength and lightness, and all V1 bodies are built by Moses Graphite . The V1 has an overall length of 26 inches, a short 20.23 inch scale length and a small violin shaped body with shallow C-shaped bouts. The frets are traditional nickel silver set in a carbon fibre fingerboard (22 frets in total). There is a brass nut (with a zero fret option). The V1 has a truss rod, but it should never need adjusting (after the initial factory molding process) due to the stability of the carbon fibre neck.
Hardware is Sperzel locking tuners, a top-loading bridge (three-way adjustable model made by ABM of Germany), and a single Seymour Duncan TB-3 Stag Mag humbucking pickup controlled by dual concentric volume/tone controls.
The V1 has undergone several design iterations: for example the orginal LSR locking tuners, became difficult to obtain and were replaced by Sperzel locking tuners and the V1 has been replaced by the V2.0 as the "standard" PalmGuitar. The carbon fibre V1 is still available to order as a custom model, and costing upwards of $1600.
Photos from www.palmguitar.com