Finally

From concept to reality…

Presenting the Carbon Fiber-Bamboo Guitar prototype.

I still have to write more documentation. I am terribly lagging behind. Anyway, for now, here are some high resolution pictures. You should compare these against the original 3D images. I am immensely having fun playing the final prototype. Now I am focusing on production.

If you got here from nowhere, you’ll be missing out if you don’t check out the project in full. Nevertheless, pretty images are always nice to see.

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Harry
Harry
11 years ago

Hey Joel. That's a great looking guitar! Are you planning on putting the design into full production? I'd definitely buy one!

Toly
Toly
11 years ago
Reply to  Joel de Guzman

Hi Joel, I have project for you to make me a freatboard I have rough cut of a guitar it's a Parker Fly Mojo but it don't have rod and don't have freatboard I was thinking doing it my self but I figure ask you first how much it will cost me if you do it, please reply to my e-mail, Thanks.

Cesar
Cesar
11 years ago

A really greate job in every aspect, hope for a trem model to come after this, count me in.

Cesar
Cesar
10 years ago

Something unexpected happened to me while sleeping, I remember myself playing an amazing tune with a sycfi in front of myriads of people, good look with the guitar Joel, keep us posted.

Michael
Michael
10 years ago

WOW!

Make one with humbuckers and count me in.

And looking at the other pictures, Philippines much?

Filipino pride 🙂

road stud
10 years ago

That’s a great looking guitar!

Dave Abrahams
10 years ago

Gorgeous! How's it sound? Can you post some MP3s?

Lando Di Girolamo
Lando Di Girolamo
10 years ago

Joel,

You sir are an absolute inspiration to me, im an industrial design student from South Australia and im in my 4th and final year this year.

breaking the mould is an understatement, you have destroyed it, well done sir.

im trying to break luthier convention with a eco-friendly acoustic guitar. Making use of new materials and technologies to create somethign awesome. Im just in the brief writing stage atm but I hope that it will also takes a big step away from traditional guitar design.

if you wouldnt mind, id really love to get your personal opinion as i go through my design process.

cheers

Lando

Nick Prudent
10 years ago

Hi,

What's the latest on your commercialization effort. I'll take one with a Floyd Rose tremolo and two humbuckers. Thanks.

Nick From Montreal

Olivier de Gea
10 years ago

Hi Joel, I'm an amateur electric guitar builder (http://www.olivierdegea.com/Olivier-de-gea-musical-instruments-design) and I must say your work is stunning!! I have a question though: Is it possible to ear how this guitar sound like, I'm very curious.

Olivier from France

Olivier de Gea
10 years ago
Reply to  Joel de Guzman

Thanks! I can't wait to ear it…

Another question then: I started a new guitar project a couple of weeks ago and decided to use bamboo (that the reason why I found you!). I'm currently working on the neck (first time I build one). I wondered if a bamboo neck realy need a truss rod. Bamboo "plywood" is so hard. I intent not to use one. What do you think about it?

Olivier

Olivier de Gea
10 years ago
Reply to  Joel de Guzman

Thanks a lot for your comment on my site!! When I see what you're able to do it's a hell of a compliment!!!

Ok for the truss-rod I'll see what I do (I have this little deamon in my head that push me to try not using it!!)

Tony Marshall
Tony Marshall
9 years ago

Joel, you have built a truely awesome looking guitar. I stumbled across your blog trying to research the use of carbon fiber in electric guitar building. So other than it being aesthetically pleasing were you please with it's tone? Was it as resonant as you thought it would be as in compared to a normal solid body?

Would love to see a youtube video of you playing it and comparing to one of your other guitars. I would love to delve more deeply with questions on your build.

Tony Marshall
Tony Marshall
9 years ago
Reply to  Joel de Guzman

Was wondering if you cut fret slots with a regular fret saw? I assumed you glued them in the slots. I also had an idea of since I am planing a neckthrough to have carbon strip under fret board from nut to end of body.

Tony Marshall

Tony Marshall
Tony Marshall
9 years ago

Thanks good point about cutting through at pickups. I had the thought about the layer under fret board to the rear of body also covering everything under the carved top I plan to use. Also one uncut layer from tip of headstock covering whole neck like you did. Except for the one I'm doing it would also be covering the bottom of the body, but not the sides much like how the Parker guitar is made. I would think uni-directional would be best for stiffening both sides of the neck with a single low tow layer for decoration. Some of what I would like to do with carbon is as much for looks as function.

I will check out the link and thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my questions.

T.M.

Austin
Austin
8 years ago

Do you think you could throw me an update on your current production situation is? Will I ever be able to buy one of your guitars?

Austin
Austin
8 years ago
Reply to  Joel de Guzman

Thank you for taking the time to reply! Can you estimate on how much these will be?

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