our story

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.  It has been said that a copper pipe in your basement could have been recycled out of a ring that Cleopatra once wore!  Hearing this, I understood that we had found a green alternative to using endangered forest products.    

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.  



Why Copper?


  • Patented tubular neck design creates superior tone, sustain, and resonance

  • A green solution to endangered forest products

  • Silver Soldered parts for maximum strength

  • No truss rod; set it and forget it

  • Withstands changes in temperature and humidity without warping

  • Tubular design allows for a well balanced neck to body weight ratio

  • 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 finishes and body shape