Wendler EuDaly Special 7-String
In the Summer of 2004 I received a call out of the blue from Dave Wendler. I didn't know him and had never heard of him. He said,
"I'm a luthier out of Lawrence, Kansas and I'm looking for someone in the Kansas City area to endorse my guitars. Everywhere I go and everyone I talk to your name always comes up." I thought to myself, "Yes, this is the way it's supposed to be!" He described his guitars ("electrocoustic") and I said, "I like the concept. Now what needs to happen is you send me a guitar. I'll play it on my gigs for 2 or 3 weeks and get back to you." He said, "I can do that." - and he did.
A couple of weeks later I called him back and told him what I liked and what I didn't like about his guitars. I said that if I was going to endorse him my guitar would have to be such-and-so and have such-and-so etc. He was willing. I said, "While you're at it, can you put a 7th string on there? I've been thinking about a 7-string lately, how I would tune it and what the chord shapes would look like." He matter-of-factly said, "I can do that." - and he did.
Thus we have the Wendler EuDaly Special - it also comes in a 6-string version.
I tune the 7th string to an octave below the 5th string - a low A. This is common among Jazz 7-string players. 7-string Rock players usually tune the low string to a B.
Wendler Introduces EuDaly Special Guitar
Harmony Central News Feb 1, 2005
Wendler Instruments has introduced the "EuDaly Special". While similar in basic form to the standard "Trad" models in the electroCoustic series, the EuDaly special features a unique pickup system design that allows a wide tonal pallette for the busy working musician.
The most interesting aspect of the EuDaly Special is the bridge lead pickup. Actually, it's two single coil pickups wound RW/RP to provide a fat lead tone when in humbucker mode, and a "real" single coil tone when one coil is cut. It also uses Wendler's "MagPi" system, a piezo bridge in conjunction with the neck magnetic for those elusive acoustic tones in a passive format. The guitar is available in both six and seven string versions.
The Jay EuDaly Special is priced at $1499 with a gig bag. The six string version is $1349