Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
3D printed guitars: the future?
3D printing is one of the biggest tech talking points at the moment: the recent CES show saw several new manufacturers spring up with 3D printers at lower price points than ever before, and there was much talk of this heralding a new dawn of manufacturing as world-changing as the industrial revolution.
What does this mean for us musicians? Basically it could ultimately mean that instruments including electric guitars become more affordable and more customisable. A 3D printed guitar, for example, could be shaped exactly to the spec of the player – a body shape designed to take specific pickup configurations, a customised neck profile and size to suit your own body shape, extra horns for metal heads, band logos imprinted on the instrument etc. Designs can also be far more elaborate than is possible with traditional guitar making technologies (see the image on the left, for example; reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein guitar).
What’s more, such a guitar could be manufactured by someone at home and shipped to you within a couple of days. Pretty cool! However, currently the only materials that can be 3D printed are forms of plastic, which may not be popular with serious tone hounds. Nevertheless, we reckon this is an area to watch closely, as it seems certain that the potential benefits will ultimately outweigh the down-sides.
Check out this video to get an idea of what is possible:
What do you think? Are 3D printed guitars the future, or just a fad?