Forged For Precision
Initially designed and prototyped in 2014/15 as a one-off instrument for Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief/Wisdom of Crowds, the first ‘SOORD’ (a play-on-words of ‘sword’ of course) was based around Bruce’s requirements for studio writing/recording and live/touring use. He wanted a guitar that was based around an old Highway One Telecaster with the same kind of neck profile and body shape but with humbucker pickups. Because of the dynamic range of songs in TPT’s back catalogue, the SOORD had to be capable of packing a punch with overdriven/distorted tones but also produce a clean sparkle for more chorded voicings and clarity and resonance for individually picked phrases. We have now produced this small production run and can also build one-off custom versions at your request.
Kingdom SOORD players include: Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief – Bruce used his SOORD on the whole of the Your Wilderness album if you are looking for an audio demo! Jack Darnell of Confessions Of A Traitor (full-custom UK-made SOORD) and David Gillam (SOORD with EMG HetSet).
Other Kingdom players include: Jacob Whitt from An Empire Will Fall (ONYX7), Matthis Lemonnier from Season of Tears (ONYX7), Harri Lowe from Return to Rome/Last Stand Studios (ONYX7, EMPIRE bass, SLVT), Julien Mehay from Waverly Lies North (ONYX7). The ONYX7 was also used extensively in the development of the Positive Grid BIAS amp head. Josh Ballantyne of Fahran (EMPIRE bass), Andy Constantinou of Derailed/AndyCGuitar (ONYX7, SLVT), Nick Goodwin of Beth Blade (EMPIRE bass), Liam Bevan of Chroma (EMPIRE bass), Harvey Ware of Seething Akira (DDSE), Mike Harrison of Portraits by Candlelight (DDSE), Ben Boswell of Stand Amongst Giants (SLVT).