On ice, the design that summed it all up. Rolf said he dreamt it, around 1988. inspired by the mystics of the mother of his son, he called it Avalon.
the motivation was the technology they created a few years before: the clean pickup, the deep Polybass, the low D… new was the headless nylon strings on a rather holow body. later, Rolf called it Hybrid Guitar. at the time, Chet Atkins was leading nylon solid body, but it’s pickup had audible plastic parts. so the Avalon was a sensation at the Frankfurt Musik Messe in 1991. business men convinced Rolf to set prices low for the swiss living standard, so he worked heavily for little and gave up exhausted, took a job and designed machines. Matthias was busy with the Echoplex in Brazil, so Paradis Guitarworks ceased to exist in 1995.
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!
and you can build it into any other instrument!