The Union Ventura is an 'S' style electric guitar with an SSH pickup configuration.  This one has a birdseye maple neck and fingerboard, and sports a vintage tremolo, locking tuners, 2 Texas Specials and a Dimarzio Tone Zone on a pearloid scratch plate.


The Union Libertine is a 'T' style electric guitar.  This one has an alder body in cherry sunburst with double binding.  The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard.  It is loaded with a stock Fender neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan Hotrail at the bridge with a pearloid scratchplate.


The Union Electracoustic is an experimental guitar that is still under construction.  When complete it is intended to bridge the gap between acoustic guitar sound and electric guitar sound in one instrument.

I know what you're thinking - "That's been done before."  But never quite from this angle.

One way to do it has been to add a magnetic pickup to an acoustic guitar and run it through and amp.  This has been hugely successful for acoustic players who want to add that raw "guitar though an amp" sound. (e.g. John Butler)  But you still have to PLAY an acoustic guitar with its inherent differences - heavier guage strings, harder to bend, less upper fret access.

There are also piezo systems that can be added to an electric guitar to give an "acoustic" sound, but so far I have found them to be very artificial sounding with a distinct piezo "quack" and an unnatural frequency balance.  It's passable for limited use but less than great.

So I thought "How can I get a great acoustic tone and and fantastic electric tone and have the playability of an electric, too."  This protoype, when complete, might provide that answer.  Stay tuned...