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Gittler Guitar - Classic Model


Rounded Frets

31 of them in fact! The frets, like the majority of the instrument, are cylindrical. Here we have another classic example of form following function.

A cylinder provides the smallest possible contact area for the string. Precisely defined fret spacing is the cornerstone of perfect intonation.

Patented Tuning Machines

The headless guitar tuners were developed in New York by Allan Gittler in the early 1970′s.

It was Patent Pending until 1978 at which time it received US Patent #4079652, preceding Steinberger’s re-imagining of the design by two years. It’s description of the preferred embodiment is very clear and simplistic. Unlike later designs, it uses the simplest form of gear and abjures a reliance on bulky devices to provide unnecessary mechanical assistance.

The Gittler Guitar tuners incorporate only two parts to smoothly tension the string to pitch. Our past success has only been augmented by the present material’s anti galling properties and a revolutionary aerospace coating, employing Teflon™ impregnation of the base metal.


Headless Guitar Design

Our newly improved headstock “string lock” mechanism provides an isolated vice grip on each string individually and prevents your pitch from wandering.

Like the rest of the instrument, it is a minimalistic design that makes string changes simple and fast. Because the string is not wound around a post, the chance for core and winding fatigue at such points is eliminated.

The Gittler Guitar was a pioneer in the development of headless guitars.

Dedicated Electronics

The guitar benefits from active electronics and both standard 1/4″ and Hexaphonic outputs. The small E-Box at the back of the instrument has a volume wheel. The guitar is designed to work with most 13 pin guitar synthesizers and can connect to your computer for use with music notation programs or the dedicated Stringport that our instrument was designed to partner with. There is no need for an externally mounted synth pickup since each of our magnetically isolated transducers sends an individual signal that provides for optimal tracking.

Dual tone controls are available for treble and bass.  These controls act as momentary switches to adjust the parameters of your processor or computer patch.  Also inside our dedicated electronics box is a “set it and forget it” mid range boost.

World Leading Pickup Architecture

The world’s first and only guitar with 6 discrete transducers. Each string has an individual pickup, magnetically shielded for a high degree of isolation from crosstalk. All are custom wound with high purity copper and wax coated to reduce microphonics. Our patented design boasts a number of class-leading performance enhancements. The net effect is one of removing years of dirt and grime off an old window. The tone you were searching for was always there, it was simply coated with too much artifice to shine through.

Fret Lighting

The Gittler Guitar employs a luminescent fret marking system. Our unique implementation utilizes miniature cross holes and pinpoint LED’s that shine up from a central gun-drilled channel.

The result is a soft glow that illuminates the player and a series of tiny light dots that provide a trail map on a darkened stage.


Infinite Gliss

For those of you who find 31 frets a bit too limiting, how about the ability to play right past the 31st fret onto the pickup casing and all the way down to the tuner at the base of the instrument? We call it “Infinite Gliss” because the euphoric feeling of having over 4 octaves at your fingertips is a sensation that only a select number of guitarists will ever experience.

A World Class Balancing Act

The Gittler Guitar comes fitted with an integrated balancing arm and bout wheel.  This arm has a 360 degree range of motion to help the player fine tune his or her ideal point of equilibrium.  Additionally, a small tripod shaped attachment can be screwed into the wheel and used to provide additional clearance behind the guitar for access to the upper frets.  This is provided with your order at no additional charge.

Mini Tripod

Included with your purchase, this small rotating accessory screws into the bout wheel of the Gittler Guitar.  This tripod facilitates better access to the higher fret range.


Guitar with choice of LED color:






-Custom molded metal case

-Extra bridge

-Tripod tummy bout

-LOXX™ strap lock attachments

-Choice of 1.687″ or 2.063″ nut width


Gittler Instruments, LLC, USA  

Contact name:
Russ Rubman
Gittler Instruments
Opening hours:
By appointment

Gittler Guitars are back! The most unique, revolutionary guitar of the 20th century is now a 21st century marvel.

The Gittler Guitar is a striking minimalist design incorporating rounded cylindrical and ergonomic features.  The guitar is manufactured entirely of 6AL-4V aircraft grade Titanium.

With only 60 models made during the 1980′s, the original guitar became a legendary and iconic symbol of think-forward design.  Allan Gittler, the creator of the instrument, was a visionary musician who aimed to dispel the common misconceptions embraced by guitar players since the 1930′s.  His goal, and ours, is to provide modern guitarists a foundation from which to build their personal tone. We at Gittler Instruments maintain that a musician should begin to develop his or her signature sound by starting with the purest signal, completely absent of coloration.  Just as a painter begins with a blank canvas, we believe each musical journey should begin with the bare principles of vibration and gain.

We all love the sound of a traditional electric guitar.

Wood, as a construction material, has been used for more than 75 years to create the classic electric tone that we’ve all become accustomed to. We at Gittler Instruments ask the question, “Why?”

Wood is an organic and resonant material that provides a natural compliment to the vibratory characteristics of a guitar string. We believe the sound that wood imparts is pleasing, but it is an inarguable fact that this is a coloration added to the signal. Like it or not, that guitar you purchased already has its own individual and very specific sonic fingerprint. Wood is typically described as having fundamentals and overtones but no two pieces of wood, even from the same species, will sound the same.

Too many variables contribute to the tone of the instrument. At Gittler Instruments, we endeavor to provide something revolutionary to the guitarist by taking all the commonly accepted notions of what a guitar “should” be and methodically stripping away all that is unnecessary and redundant. When Allan Gittler was asked in an interview, “When were you satisfied enough to seek a patent?” He replied, “When I found I could take nothing more off.”


Why Titanium?

The Titanium grade we chose is a high tensile strength, wrought alloy containing 6% Aluminum and 4% Vanadium. It is used in a great many high-tech applications ranging from aircraft turbine engines to bioinert surgical implants. It is also both extremely costly and notoriously difficult to machine. At Gittler Instruments we chose this material because we had to. Because in a no compromise approach to realizing our vision – it was the only choice.

Perhaps it was best said by President Kennedy in his 1962 speech in Houston, TX:

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy – but because they are hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. Because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one which we are unwilling to postpone and one which we intend to win”

Titanium, despite its challenges, was a natural choice for us. Our special Grade 23 Titanium is a high purity version of 6AL-4V which demonstrates superior damage tolerance to other alloys and exhibits the highest ratio between strength and density of any metallic material. It has exceptional corrosion resistance and fatigue strength, while weighing 42% less than it’s original steel predecessor. Perhaps most importantly, this metastable alloy has a crystalline structure of close-packed hexagonal grains, which allows for optimum transfer of acoustic energy.

This dense, uniform grain structure explains why Titanium is a superior choice for musical instruments. Simply put, it allows the string energy to more easily transfer into the body of the instrument, resulting in far more sustain, resonance and clarity. The nuances of your playing can now take a more central role. You will find that better note definition and dynamics are slowly adding a new dimensional to your style.

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