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 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