Paul Norman's art guitars are also made to be played. This "Bat Out of Hell" model has a very loud voice but a little fuller than the "Snake" guitar. It also employs a carbon fiber biscuit bridge (made by Paul), and National cone.
This guitar is a collector's item, but please play it. Paul believes that guitars are tools for making music.
The body is made from wenge (pronounced wen-gay). The neck is mahogany. The tuners are gold Schallers with ebony knobs. The custom made tail piece is solid brass with a soldered on copper decoration. The fingerboard is Gaboon ebony. Mother of pearl positions are inlaid at the 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th frets (side dots for 5, 7, and 9). The bat's wings are malee burl from Australia. It's "arms" are bloodwood, The jaw is mother of pearl. The face is mostly lacewood. The eyes are a composite material made from ground shell obtained from my favorite shell supplier (Rescue Pearl). The ornament on the headstock is bloodwood.
The back is ladder braced. The front relies upon the cone support and a support stick shown above.
Finish is nitro-cellulose.
Hard case included. Paul modifies the case to make the neck heel fit properly.
Dimensions: This guitar is a large jumbo measuring 17" at the lower bout. 12 frets to the body.