FAQs About the Ascender
Guitar Design & Playability
What is The Ascender?
The Ascender™ is the only full-size premium foldable electric guitar on the market, perfect for hassle-free travel. It can slip easily into a standard size backpack and fit in any airlines overhead bin or underneath the seat in front of you. Your instrument will never leave your side and you no longer have to worry if it will be lost or damaged on an airline!
How does it work?
The Ascender™ premium foldable guitar contains a concealed lever which when deployed unlocks the hinge and releases the tension on the strings so that they gently follow the fold and remain safely in their individual grooves during transit. When ready to play, just unfold the guitar and lock the hinge back in place and you are ready to rock! Our patented folding system keeps only slight tension on the strings when folded for elegant string management over the hinge, and brings the strings back to full tension with the throw of a lever once unfolded so after a quick “top off tune” you are ready to go!
What is the point of the grooves on the neck?
String management. First, the V-grooves keep the strings securely yet gently in place over the hinge when folded. Second, they provide a smooth string path over the hinge to ensure kink-free string performance. The result: amazing playability, unparalleled convenience, and elegant string management to optimize string life and resonance.
Do the V-grooves impact string bending?
No. The strings ride the frets during string bending. They aren’t pushed down far enough to actually touch the fingerboard, so the V-grooves have no impact on string bending.
Does folding the neck damage the strings?
No. When you release the lever, the string tension drops from 118 lbs. down to just 3 lbs. When folding the neck, the strings all neatly into the V-grooves. The light tension of the strings allows them to rest gently in the V-grooves, which provide a smooth string path to ensure kink-free string performance.
How much does the Ascender weigh?
As a full-size, 22-fret, 24 ¾” scale guitar, the Ascender has a standard weight of 8.5 lbs., which is a typical weight of many premium electric guitars.
What’s the electronics set up with the Ascender?
The Ascender boasts independently adjustable controls for both the bridge pick-up and the neck pick-up, including stacked tone and volume controls and a coil-split switch for each pick-up. All built around quality pick-ups, such as Seymour Duncan ‘59s, this set up offers a wide variety of tonal options making the Ascender a true workhorse guitar to cover all of your gigging or playing needs!
What is a Plek?
The Plek system is a specialized CNC that planes the fingerboard and mills the frets during manufacture of each Ascender to ensure optimal string action for premium playability. The Plek system is state-of-the-art technology that is embraced by increasing numbers of guitar manufacturers, from high-end boutique guitars to some of the biggest names in the business.
Availability and Pricing:
Is the Ascender available on the market, and how can I purchase it?
Yes. The Ascender is available exclusively online at ciariguitars.com.
How much does it cost?
Prices start at $2,999, with financing available.
The Future of Ciari Guitars:
Are there going to be lefties? A folding bass? A folding acoustic?
Yes, Yes, and Yes! We have amazing plans for the future… you can expect big things from Ciari! We’re creating a “Lefty List” so please let us know if you want to be on that by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.