Adam writes in –
I recently finished building a guitar that I think some of your readers might find interesting. It is all hand built including all of the metal scroll work and inlays. Hundreds of hours of research and design using a full suite of CAD/CAM programs aided in the planning and eventual fabrication of all the components. In October of 2007, the guitar was completed with a final trip to the MIT hobby shop for some finishing touches.
While only my second significant woodworking project, the complexity of this project over my last, Inclination II, is significant. The clock had only 4 major wooden parts (not including gears) and little joinery was involved. Quite differently, this guitar required exact joints between the neck, head, and body in order to maintain proper mechanics of the instrument. Each of these pieces plays an important role in the playability of the guitar. A curved neck, out of alignment head or improperly angled fret board can all spell disaster for a hand-built guitar. Not only is the guitar a showpiece, but it is also meant to be handled, and played like any other instrument.
Amazing fab’ed guitar – Link.