NAMM 2023: The ultimate string bend? Ciari Guitars’ Ascender P90 folds right in half

Ciari Guitars Ascender P90
(Image credit: Ciari Guitars)

NAMM 2023: Nashville luthier Ciari specializes in producing foldable travel guitar designs and it’s just announced its latest model, the Ascender P90.

A single-pickup build with a slightly offset body, to our eyes it looks a little like Gibson’s Les Paul Junior reimagined by Ernie Ball Music Man, which is no bad thing. It’s a full-size electric with a Gibson-like 24 ¾” scale length, though it is not a set neck design – in fact it’s about as far from it as you can get. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.