Tone.a.cane was named by my son, who was 9 at the time. I couldn’t begin to decide what to call my company. My son suggested Tone.A.Cane because he said the guitars sounded like a “hurricane of tone”.
After a trip to Memphis, TN, where I was fortunate enough to perform at a club on Beale Street, I was inspired to start out by building cigar box guitars. I wanted a unique design for the neck of the guitar. That’s when I started using copper pipes to create a tubular neck for my stringed instruments. I’ve always loved the unique properties of copper. It is a metal that can be 100 % recycled; a copper pipe in your basement could have been recycled out of a ring that Cleopatra once wore!
When I realized the potential for exceptional tone and sustain when resonated through the copper pipes, I began designing guitars solely out of copper.
Thoughts of how to create the world’s finest copper guitar consumed me. I would lay awake at night thinking about how to improve playability, sound quality, and aesthetics. Every guitar I’d put together was better than the last. Then I’d think of a way to make it even better. It took more than three years to design the guitar you see today.
Patented tubular neck design creates resonance and maximum sustain
Silver Soldered parts for maximum strength
No truss rod; set it and forget it
Withstands changes in temperature and humidity without warping
No heel at the joint allows your thumb to press right into the back of the neck so you can reach those higher frets with ease
Strength of the neck and straight-through design holds better tuning for a stress free performance
Endless possibilities for custom builds