Since 2008 Aristides Guitars have expanded their horizons not only as a guitar building company but as a powerful new force in the development of guitar technology. Their guitars are build up on Arium, a material developed by a team of Dutch engineers and acoustic scientists in collaboration with the Technical University of Delft, in Holland.
By 2009, Aristides released the Aristides 010 at the Frankfurt MusikMesse and at NAMM in 2010, in 2013 again at the Musikmesse Frankfurt they introduced the Aristides 010, 020 and 050 and since then their products have taken off and the company has been busy in the process of consolidating this new market they’ve created.
This year at NAMM 2016 they released their new guitar the Aristides 080 which is a 8 strings guitar (their first one of its class for Aristides), along with their well-known Aristides 070 and 060. The new 080 opens a new market for the Dutch manufacturer.
At NAMM 2016 Aristides Guitars had a great response as they not only showcase the versatility of the 080, but they also brought with them a sample of the quality of their artists they have on their roster, as for the second consecutive year they had Timo Somers (Delain/Vengeance) doing guitar demos at their booth and showcasing the flexibility of Aristides Guitars when combined with other guitar parts manufacturers like Fishman pickups, Godin, or KSR Amplifications.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Pascal Langelaar the general manager of Aristides Guitars and Timo Somers Aristides artist (Delain and Vengeance). We talked about the new Aristides 080, their experience at NAMM 2016, and some insights on that upcoming Delain record.