Here’s the quaint tale.
I’ve been playing guitar for a long time, which means I’ve been lugging them for a long time.
The idea of an ultimate instrument carrier had been kicking around in my head for several years. I have many guitars and regularly take them many places. I’ve never been one for gig bags since I’m always putting guitars in trunks, on planes, etc. And I remember my cousin snapping the neck off his custom-built electric when the shoulder straps on its gig bag gave way.
I was in Manhattan for a computer-geek trade show and a rehearsal/jam with some friends. I left the show at the Javits Center, walked and subway-ed to the East Village where we were playing, played, and went back. I had a luggage shoulder strap attached to my case handle with a carribeaner. This effectively meant that my fairly heavy solid body electric hung off my shoulder for about 5 hours and many miles, by guitar strap and luggage strap. It was while walking across town on the way back I decided I must concoct a better way–some sort of back pack rig.
Shortly after I got back home I pondered and designed the first version of what was to become the BackAxe. I hunted down the necessary materials, and thanks to Mom’s sewing machine, skill, humor plus pizza and beer, we built the first prototype. It was the most convoluted, complicated, contraption ever conceived. From several generations of refinement came BackAxe. When I realized how cool it was and showed some friends, it became apparent that I could not keep such a device for myself–I MUST LIBERATE MY FELLOW GUITAR PLAYING AND CARRYING BROTHERS AND SISTERS!
So I decided to start a little venture to manufacture and distribute my new invention. I am proud to offer the BackAxe to all. This of course required overcoming a whole slew of dilemmas and headaches including all the production, a patent, a web site, lots of business stuff, etc.
If you ever carry any guitar you’ll love a BackAxe.