3D Printing

Shapely guitar designed to become part of a wall

Shapely guitar designed to bec...
The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar's body is bolted onto a fretless wooden neck
The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar's body is bolted onto a fretless wooden neck
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3D software rendering of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar
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3D software rendering of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar
3D software rendering of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar
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3D software rendering of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar
3D software rendering of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar
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3D software rendering of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar
The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar's body is bolted onto a fretless wooden neck
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The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar's body is bolted onto a fretless wooden neck
The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar sports a Telecaster-style bridge and single coil pickup
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The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar sports a Telecaster-style bridge and single coil pickup
The rear of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar, showing bolt-on points and printed headstock cover
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The rear of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar, showing bolt-on points and printed headstock cover
The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar from MONAD Studio
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The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar from MONAD Studio
The unique body design of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar allows it to hang around between gigs
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The unique body design of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar allows it to hang around between gigs
The twin-horned 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is described as being lightweight, though no details have been forthcoming
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The twin-horned 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is described as being lightweight, though no details have been forthcoming
Compared to the other MONAD stringed instruments, the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is said to try the least to take players out of the comfort zone
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Compared to the other MONAD stringed instruments, the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is said to try the least to take players out of the comfort zone
The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is normally played using a glass slide
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The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is normally played using a glass slide
The MONAD sonic wall installation serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack
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The MONAD sonic wall installation serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack
The MONAD sonic wall installation serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack
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The MONAD sonic wall installation serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack
The 3D-printed one string monovioloncello from MONAD Studio
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The 3D-printed one string monovioloncello from MONAD Studio
The 3D-printed two-string piezoelectric violin from MONAD Studio
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The 3D-printed two-string piezoelectric violin from MONAD Studio
The 3D-printed one string electric bass called the monobaribasitar from MONAD Studio
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The 3D-printed one string electric bass called the monobaribasitar from MONAD Studio
The 3D-printed hornucopian dronepipe, a kind of large didgeridoo, from MONAD Studio
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The 3D-printed hornucopian dronepipe, a kind of large didgeridoo, from MONAD Studio
The Multi sonic wall installation serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack
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The Multi sonic wall installation serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack
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As we've already seen from the beautifully intricate instruments of Olaf Diegel, 3D printing can liberate traditional form factors into the realms of the incredible. The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar from Florida-based MONAD Studio pushes the creative envelope even further with a twin-horned beauty designed to form part of a sonic wall installation that serves as both a visual backdrop for musicians and an instrument rack.

The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar is the brainchild of Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, in collaboration with Scott F Hall, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Central Florida. The oversized baritone guitar is described as "a marriage of the older form luthier handcarved wooden electric guitar neck, fingerboard, and analog electronics technology with new digital form creation in 3D software and 3D printing."

As with Diegel's guitars, the body of the instrument is 3D-printed and is bolted to a fretless wooden neck sporting white dots marks along the upper edge at the 3, 4, 7, 9 and 12 fret positions. A Telecaster-style bridge and single coil pickup are installed on the part of the neck that flows through to the main body, with chrome tuning heads topping out the covered headstock at the other end.

The unique body design of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar allows it to hang around between gigs
The unique body design of the 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar allows it to hang around between gigs

"Compared to the other MONAD stringed instruments, this one tries least to take players out of the comfort zone – I can easily play a lot of 70s hard rock rhythm guitar standard hits on it, for example," revealed Goldemberg. "Still, fretlessness does move players over into ambient soundscape experimentation with plucked slide and harmonic notes through effects, looping delay, and a combo amp."

The 3D-printed Hybrid Slide Guitar was designed to form part of the Studio's 5 x 2 m (16.4 x 6.6 ft) Multi installation, which was originally made up of five 3D-printed instruments – the hornucopian dronepipe, a two-string violin, a one string electric bass called the monobaribasitar, a one string monovioloncello and a didgeridoo.

You can see and hear the 3D-printed hybrid slide guitar, which is normally played using a glass slide, in the video below.

Source: MONAD Studio

MONAD Studio- 3D printed Hybrid Slide Guitar

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1 comment
Dan Parker
As a professional musician, I must say that sounded horrible. I've seen other fretless guitars being played and I play slide guitar and fretless bass. It never has to sound that bad simply because it lacks frets.