Plastic Fantastic

I wanted to a) see if I could create a mould for the carbon fiber idea and b) see how things would turn out, so I set out to create a simple mockup without a bandsaw. I had a spare can of spray insulation, so that seemed like a good idea:

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but not really…. So, I went to Bauhaus (i.e. home depot) and got myself a sheet of styrofoam, the kind used to insulate floors.

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It was a lot of fun. It taught me a couple of things as well. First of all, the “raised” (or rather, “uncarved”) portion where the controls are supposed to sit will not work. I have angled the edge to sit more comfortably on the leg, so will have to re-think one or the other. Secondly, I made the upper left corner, where the arm rests, quite carved. This is very comfortable and standard “stratty” but will not work out with a body made of a glued on top out of a different material than the bottom. Re-think #2.

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  1. It looks like a very good idea having two leg rest carvings on the guitar (where the one close to the bridge gives a more upright position as shown in the pictures in one of your other posts. I haven’t seen it on any guitar before.

    Regarding the problems with carving through the laminated top: I read a suggestion on Project Guitar forum ( that if you make a forearm contour on a guitar body with a laminated top, you could add a thin laminate in a contrasting colour between the body and top – which would make the fact that the lower layers of wood are visible in the forearm contour “not a bug, but a feature”. Depending on the wood you plan to use, it might look quite good.

    BTW, have you considered using Scandinavian wood instead of swamp ash? I’ve seen that Ares Guitar ( uses Swedish elm, birch, oak, and maple among others. He claims it works well.

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