State of the Art Optical Pickup Technology

The LightWave Pickup’s transparent response delivers harmonically rich, deep, and powerful sound, spanning a wide range of tones from pure, natural string sound (our trademark Voice of the String™), to super-aggressive and cutting edge with the use of EQ or signal processing.

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State of the Art Optical Pickup Technology

The LightWave Pickup’s transparent response delivers harmonically rich, deep, and powerful sound, spanning a wide range of tones from pure, natural string sound (our trademark Voice of the String™), to super-aggressive and cutting edge with the use of EQ or signal processing.

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What Artists are Saying

  • Cham Zhao from the Band KOLAJ with Atlantis Guitar

    “As an electronic music artist and bass player, the HexFX bass is one of the most amazing tools I have in my arsenal. The optical pickups bring a completely new, full tone to your bass sound. The spectrum of frequencies that the optical pickups are capable of are much more robust and full than standard magnetic pickups. Thanks Mr Willcox for the amazing bass! I look forward to venturing into one of your guitars and yet another bass!

    – Chris Cardone

  • Cham Zhao from the Band KOLAJ with Atlantis Guitar

    Recently I acquired a USA Custom fretless 6 string and it blows me away, there is growl for days and all I have to do is barely touch the fingerboard. The build quality is some of the best on the market and I can seriously with the most open mind say that this fretless is one of the most responsive on the market today. It’s a solidbody build and the bass is less than 9 pounds and feels very comfortable.

    – Jauqo III X

  • Cham Zhao from the Band KOLAJ with Atlantis Guitar

    “I’m currently playing the Saber VL-5 fretless. Great woody tone with lots of “mwah” and a nice low end. Detailed high end. I’m using it in a musical production right now and this bass just shines on ballads and pieces that need both power and sensitivity. Great comfortable action over the entire neck….and I haven’t done anything to the bass since it arrived, so I’m playing it with the setup it had straight out of the box.”

    – Brittany Frompovich

  • Cham Zhao from the Band KOLAJ with Atlantis Guitar

    “I am VERY satisfied with the bass. I primarily bought this bass as a solution for MIDI control, being unsatisfied with my old set-up of a GK-3B pickup for output from my bass. The HexFX is definitely superior. Latency and false triggering issues that I had before are virtually gone. The pure sound of the bass really is incredible. Clear and piano like tone. Great craftsmanship and finish to the build as well, and very ergonomic to play.”

    – Mike Young

  • Drew Breder with the Saber VL Fretted Bass“I was looking for a bass for months and after finding the Saber I was concerned that it was to good to be true. But the Willcox team has put in the work with a light weight, solid instrument. The sound is extraordinary, to have access to a complete full range of tone and be able to sculpt it gives me a palette for my unusual music.”

    – C. Drew Breder

  • Noel with Atlantis HexFX Guitar

    “The HexFX guitar has the best MIDI tracking response I’ve ever tried (I’ve been a MIDI guitarist since 1999). This guitar is improving my playing significantly. In addition, it has a very pure and clean acoustic sound perfect for recording and MultiFx applications and last but not least, the playability and setup is awesome, I really enjoy playing this guitar!”

    – Noel Alejandro Silva

  • Cham (KOLAJ) with Atlantis HexFX“I’m absolutely loving the Atlantis!… and the best part is when it’s time for rehearsal or a gig, I only have to bring two things: a small pedal case for the GR-55, and the Atlantis in its gigbag. I can’t remember the last time I was able to load in my rig with one trip! It takes so much headache out of set up and tear down.”

    – Cham Zhao (Kolaj)

  • John Souki on tour with the Atlantis Guitar“It uses their patented Lightwave System (no magnetic pickups), providing the cleanest possible signal to build on. It also has hexaphonic capabilities (for the MIDI lover in you). The folks at Willcox Guitars can seriously make a great instrument geared to the most discerning ears.”

    – John Souki (Chase Rice)

  • Jon Moody with his Saber VL Bass“Seriously, the fretless is NUTS (Saber VL). I put on Brite Flats, and dropped the action down as low as possible, and despite flatwounds being on the bass, it can still get that roundwound growl I love.”

    – Johnathan Moody

  • Cham Zhao from the Band KOLAJ with Atlantis Guitar

    “I am VERY satisfied with the bass. I primarily bought this bass as a solution for midi control, being unsatisfied with my old set-up of a GK-3B pickup for output from my bass. The HexFX is definitely superior. Latency and false triggering issues that I had before are virtually gone. The pure sound of the bass really is incredible. Clear and piano like tone. Great craftsmanship and finish to the build as well, and very ergonomic to play.”

    – Mike Young


Why We Designed A Different Electric Guitar

At Willcox Guitars, we are driven by our mission to bring high-definition sound to the world of electric guitars and basses. This is achieved by combining fine instrument design and choice materials with our LightWave optical pickup system. Using infrared light to read string vibration in its cleanest and most natural form eliminates the noise, interference, and distortion inherent in traditional magnetic and piezo pickups. The guitar string is allowed to vibrate freely, providing a new level of harmonic richness and dynamic range. The resulting instruments are a reflection of a longstanding history of dedication to quality sound and progressive technology for the modern musician.

About Willcox Guitars

Why We Designed A Different Electric Guitar

At Willcox Guitars, we are driven by our mission to bring high-definition sound to the world of electric guitars and basses. This is achieved by combining fine instrument design and choice materials with our LightWave optical pickup system. Using infrared light to read string vibration in its cleanest and most natural form eliminates the noise, interference, and distortion inherent in traditional magnetic and piezo pickups. The guitar string is allowed to vibrate freely, providing a new level of harmonic richness and dynamic range. The resulting instruments are a reflection of a longstanding history of dedication to quality sound and progressive technology for the modern musician.

About Willcox Guitars

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