A few years ago, I had a chat with Tony Cimperman about the idea of resurrecting Modulus Guitars. His enthusiasm was contagious, as he shared his thoughts on the limitless possibilities of graphite’s application in guitar design. And although he didn’t reveal anything too specific, it seemed that Cimperman and master builder Joe Perman were definitely preparing for a reboot of the storied company. Modulus did, in fact, make its presence once again known over the following years, but the most significant development was revealed last summer at Nashville’s NAMM show, where the revived company unveiled a new adaptation of the Funk Unlimited model. Coined the Funk Unlimited RevOLite, Modulus has developed an incredibly lightweight instrument that preserves the sonic advantages of both graphite and wood.
Research and Development
It took nearly two-and-a-half years to create the RevOLite bass—a project committed to delivering optimum comfort and tone to players. The body is comprised of chambered alder with carbon fiber running through it, which not only reduces weight, but, Modulus believes, gives the body strength and improved resonance.
This reduction in body weight required Modulus to redesign their carbon-fiber neck, primarily for balance reasons. So, the RevOLite neck uses less carbon fiber than their standard necks, thereby lessening the instrument’s mass while preserving the vibrational transfer. (Modulus states there is no tonal difference between the RevOLite neck and one of their standard necks.) Keeping with tradition, Modulus caps the neck with their original phenolic fretboard.