Philip Hart Guitars (PHG) has been in business since 2014, and was awarded a patent for an innovative neck design in 2016 – which is now being offered through Kickstarter in a new range of Genesis guitars. The patented PHG bolt-through neck is said to allow "the guitar to be assembled in a way that enhances the sustain and tone of the instrument to be better than a glued-in joint or a bolt-on joint."
The design allows a player to remove the neck before hitting the road, pack it into a bag and reassemble it at the destination. In a similar fashion to the Mercury Modular, but with fewer components to assemble/disassemble.
To get the Genesis down to travel size, detachable bands are placed around the neck to keep the strings in place when the tension is released. A bridge "dock" is permanently fixed to the guitar's body but the bridge itself can be removed so that the neck can be unmounted. To remove the neck, which includes a double-action truss rod for relief adjustment, Hart has found that detuning the strings by about 12 turns on each peg gives enough play to unlock the bridge and unbolt the neck from the body.
Then the instrument can be packed away in a travel bag, though PHG is also designing its own travel case. When the player's destination is reached, the Genesis is put back together. "It never falls out of intonation and does not need to be set-up again," said Hart.
The PHG Genesis project is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter, where pledges start at US$1,500. There are a possible 5,184 configurations to choose from. But if that's simply not enough for you, Hart told us that the $3,500 PHG Custom Line will give you just under a million config options. Both come with the bolt-through neck. If all goes to plan, shipping (to US only) is expected to start in September 2019. The video below has more.