3D Printed guitar Olaf Diegel

3D Printed Guitars by Olaf Diegel

By June 6, 2013. Featured, News

Guitars. Has ever a sexier musical instrument been conceived? We hug them close to us, ergonomically crafted to reverberate close to our heart. No wonder we fall in love with them. Now, materials and manufacturing breakthroughs are enabling ever more innovative designs to be brought to fruition. This awesome 3D-printed ODD steam-punk telecaster by Olaf Diegel for example.

3D Printed Guitar

As an electric guitar’s body is less directly associated with output sound than an acoustic guitar, more creative play can be toyed within the design process. It’s worth noting however that materials and form are inevitably intrinsically linked with the output that the pickups convert to the sound which emerges from your amplifier. It’s perhaps worth noting that 3D Systems, who professionally 3D-printed the body for this electric guitar, have also contributed to a stylistically similar acoustic:

3D Printed Guitar acoustic

But regarding the design, steam-punk is a fascinating, and cool, genre. It’s also pretty analogous to 3D Printing: the mix and mash of old and new styles of making to produce something that stands out as uniquely identifiable.

Seymour Duncan creates some of the most renown pickups in the business, it’s great to see them in the specifications (see below). The Schaler Bridge will also be very sturdy and aid resonance. A maple body, neck and fretboard is unusual to see, but potentially a harmonous addiction to the Duraform outer body, again, the proof will be in the hearing of this.

22 frets give the guitarist a scale reach in standard tuning from bass E to high D four octaves up. I’m a fan of 24 fret E to E guitars myself, but, this is a telecaster, one of the most famous and iconic guitar designs in history, sister of the world famous stratocaster originally branded by Fender. Also noteworthy is that the Steampunk paint job was accomplished by New Zealand airbrush artist Ron van Dam.

3D Printed Guitar Steampunk

To be honest, I love this design. I have yet to have a play, so can make no vouches for sound quality, but the specifications are impressive. If you end up having a jam with this wonder, why not drop us a comment in the comment’s section at the base of this webpage!

Neck Warmoth Pro Telecaster maple neck with maple fret board, 22 frets, 25 1/2″ scale, 42.86mm (1 11/16″) width GraphTech White TUSQ, 6150 sized jumbo frets, 10-16″ compound radius fret board, black inlay dots
Body 3D printed Duraform PA outer body, with maple inner core, airbrushed steampunk paint job, and sprayed with clear satin lacquer
Bridge Schaller 475, 6 String Flat Mount Bridge, Chrome
Pickups Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Rhythm and Lead for Telecaster
Tuning heads Gotoh Mini 510 Locking Tuners, Chrome
Controls Pickup select switch, Volume knob, Tone knob, Gear motor on/off switch
Other Schaller Strap Locks, D’Addario strings (usually EXL-110 unless other specified), low-cost hard case for safe shipping (we can, however, also offer you a high quality case as an optional extra)
Weight 3.2Kg

More 3D Printed guitars by Olaf Diegel:

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  • odiegel

    Hi Shane,

    I’ve just posted a little video clip onto YouTube of a friend, Nadav Tabak, doing an incredible job playing the various guitars. Have a listen and it might just convince you that they sound pretty decent! :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWa8sEgpOrM

    Cheers

    Olaf

    • MIKE HOY

      THIS IS LUDICRUSS, I AM SORRY TO ALL TRU LUTHIES!! THE IDEA OF USING PLASTIC FROM A 3D PRINTER IS UNFORGIVABLE!!! REAL LUTHIES HAVE PRACTICED FOR 1000’s OF YEARS TO PREFECT THE ART OF WOOD AND SOUND CRAFTING!!! THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE!! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS!! DOES SHANE TAYLOR EVEN OWN OR PLAY A GUITAR? THIS FAD WILL FADE QUICKLY AND SO WILL YOU!!! WORST WISHES!!! PS I heard you play the skin flute real bAD ASS LIKE. WHY DONT YOU GO TO YOUR SILLY PRINT MACHINE AND PRINT UP YOUR FINEST PLASTITIC FLUTE AND HAVE A PLASTICFANTSTIC CIRCLE JREK BEFORE SOME OF US LUTHIERS STOP BUY AND SHOVE THOSE FUCKIING PLASTIC WRINKLE DINKS UP YOU ASS HOLE.