paradis avalon headless nylon solidbody

Rolf built many special guitars and basses, but these stand out:

1990-1995 Avalon

YOUHOU! good news! Francesco Iovinella makes new such guitars and repairs the old!

but we knew it: in 2005, he started again. created the company Rolf Spuler GmbH and called the instrument Paradis. he added a headstock since some customers had complained about the tuning on the back and about the “broken” or even “weapon” look of the the headless Avalon. the electronics became a lot more sophisticated, self contained, SMD, created by Philipp and others. the controls invisibly integrated into the bridge. Here are more pictures of details!

since Rolf”s death in 2014 and Pino Danieles death in 2015, we think about how to go forward. many love the original headless design and its easier to build and shorter to transport and less delicate (the headstock caps are thin wood…)
so how about a new Avalon with built in Polybass and more hollow – lighter, more balanced and sound like the 2005 Paradis?
and how about the other models that Rolf created?

so far we had success with those “spin-offs” of Rolfs work:

– Francesco Iovinella makes headless Avalons that are extremly similar to the original, but with the new Polybass Slider board built in! this means it has a body piezo and wooDI-M which the original did not have!

– Gianfranco Fiorini builds the Lirio which clearly has roots in the Paradis Guitars, but is more hollow even and contains a microphone which brings more acoustic sound and amazing little feedback. it also has other unique mechanical feature…

– the Polybass can be built into almost any guitar, we have developed different versions of shields and can make another version for the guitars you want to build!

– Ibanez built another series of the AFR Bass which Rolf created and licensed to them in 1992