The sponsoring thought: what if the neck ran all the way through the guitar. This sparked Mike, and up came the idea that would eliminate all structural tension issues. The question was “ would we build a guitar the same way if we didn’t worry about strength for string tension? ” Mike realized the key was making that tension go down the neck rather than into the body. What they discovered is when you eliminate all of the structural bracing on the guitar it makes it more resonate. “ We unshackled it and it exploded with sound.” The outcome was a tonally balanced guitar with more output, a balance you’re always striving for when building a guitar.