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3D-printed acoustic guitar turns up the volume on homemade instruments

We’ve seen time and time again that 3D printers can churn out a lot of super cool items, but this acoustic guitar is one of the latest items that takes the cake for the “Awesomest Thing Ever.” Not only is it gorgeous, it works, and was printed with some high end materials such as stainless steel, sterling silver, and a ceramic finish.

The untitled 3D-printed acoustic guitar is the masterpiece by Scott Summit of printing startup Bespoke (later bought out by 3D Systems). Summit, who casually plays music at weddings and bars, admits the guitar is still a rough draft but the sound was “rich and full and has a great tonal range.”

“I wanted a $3,000 one like Jerry Garcia would play,” Summit tells San Francisco Gate about his project. He says the initial model began with a mere $100 capital, but that custom 3D-printed guitar “sounded like crap.” As Summit invested more time in better material, perfected tuning, and overall physical design for the instrument to handle string pressure, the finished product worked out better than he anticipated. “I thought it would at least be cool if the guitar exploded,” he says when he thought the guitar wouldn’t initially be able to withstand tight string pressure.

Summit is currently working on ways to enhance the design, and playing with various shapes to experiment with different sound projections. In the long run, this 3D Systems project will offer at-home users to select their desired model, treble, bass, and sustain desired and print their own guitars. Such a custom design will, of course, cost quite a bit of money. The model Summit has shown so far used about $3,000 worth of plastic, so a retail value would be likely be double that amount. Still, if you have the money and want a truly unique piece — whether for playing or as an art display — you’d be hard-pressed to find anything less perfect for the musician-meets-geek in you.