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Plini on stage with his signature headless guitar

One of the most promising and highly acclaimed new guitar players and composers to burst onto the crowded prog-metal and instrumental guitar music scene in a long time, Plini – hailing from Sydney, Australia – combines masterful guitar virtuosity with a highly developed sense and style of composition that has won a dedicated following all around the world.

Primarily a self-taught player and writer who was inspired and influenced by legendary artists such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Guthrie Govan during his developmental teen years, Plini also embraced a wide range of musical genres to inform his compositional style. Soon, Plini started recording and releasing his own compositions on the Internet and quickly developed a large underground following.

Much more interested in writing compelling compositions than displaying impressive guitar technique, Plini has garnered an international following with superbly crafted songs that are memorable and appeal to a broader base of fans than just other guitar players. Plini’s meteoric rise through the Internet underground soon created a burgeoning demand for live performances and he was soon on the road touring opening up for international acts such as Cynic, Tesseract, Between the Buried and Me, Intervals, and Animals as Leaders.

Plini’s highly acclaimed trilogy of EPs and the numerous singles released in the 2014-2016 period were followed by his first full-length solo album titled Handmade Cities in 2017 and Steve Vai described it as “one of the finest, forward-thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep, evolution of rock/instrumental records I have ever heard.”

Having graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Master of Architecture degree, Plini has always had a keen interest in industrial design and guitars that were innovative and forward-thinking. This interest led him to discover .strandberg* when he tried out a Boden 7-string backstage after an Intervals show, which prompted Plini to contact .strandberg* and the rest, as they say, is history.

Plini’s first .strandberg* was a USA Custom Shop Boden 6 with a fixed bridge, which made its video debut on his ‘Ko Ki’ single. From there, Plini added the Boden OS 6 Plini Limited Edition and used this guitar exclusively for over a year before collaborating with us to develop the ‘Plini Edition’ model that was introduced in 2017 and is now his main instrument for both recording and live performances.

We are extremely proud and pleased to work closely with one of the most exciting young artists in the prog/metal scene today and look forward to future collaborations with Plini to continually develop groundbreaking new instruments that will aid in furthering his blossoming career.

Simplicity, understated sophistication, and broad tonal range for the prog virtuoso

Boden Plini Edition Neck-Thru Natural

The Plini Edition Neck-Thru features the same chambered Swamp Ash body with solid Maple top and Australian Blackwood veneer and the .strandberg* EGS Series 5 tremolo system but differs significantly with its 5-ply carbon fiber reinforced neck-thru-body construction and the new Michael Frank design .strandberg* Plini Edition humbuckers. Years in the making, these pickups were tested and revised numerous times to meet Plini’s exacting tonal requirements.

I got a Plini, didn’t know what I had bought. Didn’t know anything about Plini, the neck, or .strandberg*. Just looked like a cool guitar. I’m selling all my guitars today so I can buy another .strandberg*. These have changed the way I think about guitars. J.S.

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"...one of the finest, forward-thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep evolution of rock/metal instrumental guitar records I have ever heard."

Steve Vai about Plini's debut album, Handmade Cities