There may be no peers to the Triad 10E. In addition to the exotic woods and top shelf electronics, what sets this guitar apart is the 10 strings. Contrary to traditional 12 string guitars, the 10 string set up is comprised of doubling the first, second, third and fourth strings. This provides a level of clarity, the option of better articulation and enhanced playing range all while retaining that thick and special 12-string type of tone.
Plug in and play your Triad 10 thanks to its active Fishman electronics system. The under saddle bridge captures the full 10 string tone. You can control the volume and adjust the tone with two onboard controls, located in the soundhole. Discrete, but very easy to use and all without any holes cut into the side of the instrument.
Twin side ports provide extra sound, directed at you - the player.
INTEGRATED FISHMAN ELECTRONICS
The active amplification system by Fishman® includes an onboard control for volume and one for tone. These are mounted inside of the soundhole for easy access, and this avoids the need to cut a hole in the side of your guitar, maximizing performance.
ZERO PIN BRIDGE
It always happens at the worst possible time — you break a string at a gig. What if you could radically shorten the time it takes to change your string? The Michael Kelly Zero Pin Bridge makes that possible.
For years, players and techs have yanked the fifth- and sixth-course octave strings from 12-strings guitars. For fingerpickers it can mean easier, cleaner-sounding thumbpicked notes and more concise low-end response. But a purpose-made 10-string like Michael Kelly’s Triad 10E offers ergonomic benefits as well, such as less string tension and headstock weight. This innovative instrument delivers on the sonic and playability fronts, providing a cool doubled-string alternative in a price range where 12-strings can be same-ish in sound and construction.
The Triad 10E is built around a standard non-cutaway, square-shouldered dreadnought body. Apart from the single sixth and fifth strings, the string pairs are like those on a 12-string: The D and G pairs are tuned in octaves and the B and E pairs are unisons. There are five tuners on each side of the headstock, with the G course’s lower-string tuner on the bass side. (Both G tuners are usually on the same side, so this arrangement may take some getting used to.)
The doubled courses impart extra potency in clustered and altered chords when set against punchy single-note bass lines.
Some Triad design attributes are more commonly seen on boutique guitars. For example, two bass-side sound ports augment the conventional soundhole, projecting more sound directly at the player. The guitar boasts a solid spruce soundboard, complemented by a symphony of interesting tone woods. The 3-piece back incorporates a centre section of ovangkol, flanked by flamed okoume sections. The sides and headstock cap are also okoume. A rosewood fretboard caps the mahogany neck.