A new step for the guitar
The Bond Electraglide was a carbon fibre electric guitar manufactured by Bond Guitars between 1984 and 1985. It resembled a matte-black, 3-pickup Gibson Melody Maker(although with the 1962 onwards double cut-away), with a unique stepped phenolic resin fingerboard instead of traditional frets. Pickup switching, volume and tone controls were completely digital, powered by a large internal motherboard.
The use of carbon fibre for the body allows a stability and a constructional accuracy which just isn't possible with wood. This means that the neck won't twist, bow or warp. and consequently, the action and tuning remain consistent, even through changes in temperature and humidity.
The player selected pickups via five pushbuttons; volume, treble and bass were incremented numerically via digital rocker switches, confirmed by a three-colour LED readout.
The fingerboard consists of shallow sloping steps which take place of conventional frets. This gives significantly improved intonation and greatly reduces friction and necessary finger pressure making it extraordinarily fast, accurate and an easy guitar to play. Less friction also means less wear on the strings and fingerboard.
Unlike wood, the carbon fibre absorbs very little of the strings acoustic energy, thus affording notes a faster, cleaner attack and a longer, singing sustain.