Well, whether you are new to guitar or an expert, most of you probably own the ones whose color and shape have been determined by the company. Now, just imagine a guitar designed just to meet our needs. Now that you have imagined it, just think about the cost. I bet your heart just skipped a few beats! But now, you need not worry. Because, the 3D printing technology has the ability to help you create your dream guitar for less than half of the cost of a Custom Shop model. And, that is precisely what is on offer from the UK’s Customuse. Currently, it has 3 stocks available. But the company will shortly open a browser based platform for full customization.
The founder of Customuse, Mahdi Hosseini said that he got the idea when his girlfriend was unable to find a unique and inexpensive guitar for him. “I always had a passion for 3D printing, so when we were discussing the issues with the high cost of personalization of guitars due to inefficient manufacturing processes, I had one of those AHA moments,” he said. “It all became clear, why not use the latest technology? That is when we came up with the idea to make personal, unique and affordable 3D-printed electric guitars.”
However, not everything on Customuse guitar is 3D printed. The printed body is wrapped around a CNC-machined tone wood block, the neck is still wood and hardware like bridge., pickups and tuners are as you find them on a traditionally made guitar.
“We use the state of the art SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) machines with very large print-beds,” Hosseini told Gizmag. “This allows us to print our guitar bodies in a single piece using nylon 12 powder; hence creating a much more robust and resonant structure in comparison with other 3D printing technologies. The outcome is a very solid body with a smooth finish especially on the rounded edges. In the future, we aim to create a more available alternative for younger players using a more affordable FDM (Fused Deposition Molding) process. However, this method has its limitations and the final outcome would not compete with the current SLS models.”
Although the company provides 3 pre-designed models, only 2 have been actually 3D printed so far. However, Customuse is on the process on building an online platform which allows users to build custom guitars for 3D printing and also select tone woods and pick hardware. The online website is expected to come out by November and each guitar might vary from £1,500 and £2,000. And, you could also build your guitar with one of the Custom designers. This service will cost you £5,000.