The concept of boutique LAVA instruments
Lava Drops are shaped after actual physical drops to give some tangible ergonomic enhancement for a player to benefit from. These guitars are made via an exclusive technological process utilising a choice solid piece of wood. Thus every LAVA instrument is molded as a unique sculptural piece with artistic care and vision that has a value to it and adds to your stage presence. Each guitar has a vivid work of art personality compared to conveyor belt replicas. Combined with avante-garde technological know-how it is capable of advancing instinctive originality of even a seasoned instrumentalist.
Body core patterns of tree growth rings of Mahogany, Sapele, Walnut, Maple, Merbau and Ebony lumber are revealed clearly on display – a picture of undisguised naturalism. Just as in music itself that these guitars serve with same clarity of prolonged notes, subtler degrees of tonal character and variable musical harmonies. Elegantly streamlined forms of the slim guitar body provide functional and ergonomic benefits for a musician. Guitar body smoothly nestles as a cat on a lap. Gold and black details of the instrument and ebony fingerboard remind of those timeless lava flows set in stone. Aviation grade aluminum alloy sparkles in contrast to matte volcanic rock inlays on the guitar neck. All that multiplied by master luthier care and craftsmanship transform the instrument into a collector's piece.
Lava-drop boutique electric guitars line is the immersive result of lifetime inspiration from nature combined with cutting edge technologies.
Lava guitars are created by a Lithuanian industrial designer and musician Rapolas Gražys.
He is a professional product designer focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to sound and design. After born and raised in a family of well known modern and conceptual artists R.Gražys started to create in a field of design. After creating high-end audio designs, worldwide conceptual and interactive art installations, futuristic technology concepts he started to specialize in one of a kind product creation - boutique section. The LAVA trademark was founded by him on the principle of cross pollination between the fields of acoustics and modern instruments design concepts crafted using very authentic materials.
The output is innovative and forward-looking high-end gear that subtly amplifies the skill of a capable musician.
After creating the ergonomic six-string fretless Lava Drop electric guitar which was the first guitar from the Lava Drops line he expanded the line with very light, versatile, comfortable Lava Drop (+) model and the innovative Lava Drop (X) which is the first laser controlled guitar in the world with separate laser MIDI controller, aircraft aluminum contour and stiffened volcanic lava inlays.
At 2016 Rapolas Gražys started the Platinum, collectors line of Lava Drops.
The first instrument from the Platinum line is "the Black Amber Drop #1". R.Gražys wanted to build a guitar that connects the past and the future while also giving a nod to his home of Lithuania, where black amber from the Baltic sea is harvested. The construction of the guitar is a single seamless piece of sapele for the body and neck with an ebony fretboard and 24-3/4” scale length. The neck has a truss rod that is reinforced by two rods of carbon fiber. The sapele has been routed out in the body to house the 4.4 pounds of Baltic black amber, with a 5mm rim around the inlaid amber rocks. Baltic amber is over 45 million years old, produced by the Pine trees which grew in Northern Europe and around the Baltic Sea. It is also considered by many to have therapeutic properties due to its high level of succinic acid, a compound said to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The fact that the Baltic amber is millions of years old is humbling to say the least when you pick this instrument up to play. The guitar as an instrument is a joy to play, with a very fast and striking response to notes and chords, likely from the rigidity of the amber. The neck has a rounded neck profile, with large frets that give way to fast riffing. The pickups are Lace Alumitone humbuckers, and rounding out the looks of this one of a kind guitar are gold hardware, and a 24 karat gold Lava Guitars headstock logo.