|Zero||1994 to present||“All Zero’s are one offs, the first one was made in 1994 as an experiment, I had been a full time player for some 35+ yrs, and wanted to build a guitar of aluminum for slide guitar. This guitar is pictured on the Info contact page of thewebsite. It played great & sounded unique. That was sold to a local player and is in use to this day. That was the beginning & I continued refining the guitars.
I’ve built 48 since then many are custom order’s, all lapsteels with palm pedals have been custom orders. Early Zeros have aluminum with a black photo sensitive coating. Maybe 4 of them? One is made with plastic back, sides, aluminum & Spruce top. All other’s are aluminum sides, back & top. Some tops were either Koa, Spalted maple or quilt maple, these are all pictured on the website. Titanium has been used on some later models for sides.
This is a one person operation conducted in shop at home, all handmade, necks made to spec. by USA Guitars.” [Source: Gene Nygaard, Zero Guitars, email 23/7/2008]
Seattle, Washington, USA