Joel de Guzman

3D Rendering

Here are a couple of 3D renderings of the CAD model. Solid modeling is fun as soon as you get the hang of it. It becomes so gratifying when you see the rendering taking shape. Ah yeah… the artist in me. The model is dimension-accurate (down to the screws). I do have a couple of …

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Specifications

Neck Thru-Neck construction (No body and neck joints) Material: Bamboo-epoxy laminate thru-neck core 3 Layer carbon fiber skin neck bottom 4 Layer carbon fiber head top Carbon fiber fretboard wrap (3 layer top, 3 layer bottom) Bamboo-epoxy laminate fretboard core Stainless steel binding Carbon fiber / glass truss-rod Full-scale length: 644 mm 24 frets Head …

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My First Guitar

Flashback Yeah, that’s me, more than 20 years ago. That’s the first guitar that I built when I was in high school almost 30 years ago. The body is reminiscent of the Gibson Explorer blended with the Ibanez Iceman. I love the balance and feel of this guitar. The neck has a unique  23.5 inch …

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Design

As always, it all starts with a good design. I can be a hacker. Sometimes I am. But for projects I love most, the perfectionist in me insists on starting with a good design. I actually did some drafting work initially using plain ol’ rulers, triangles, pencil, pen and paper. I still have some blue …

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Restart

I’ve been working on this project on and off. Now, a few months have passed. The last blog entry was written in November. It’s not that nothing has happened since then. It’s just that a lot of other things have (as usual) taken more of my time. So, it hit me. While searching my desk, …

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Black Steel

Lightweight but stronger than steel, carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) or carbon fiber in short, was once considered a very expensive space age material used in the space shuttle and state-of-the-art airplanes as a substitute for aluminum alloys. Carbon fiber is a polymer made of long and thin graphite, a pure form of carbon (more …

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The Mystical Plant

The Land Breeze and the Sea Breeze were married and had a child: a giant bamboo plant. The first man, Malakas (Strong), and the first woman, Maganda (Beautiful), emerged from the bamboo plant split in two after a battle between the Sky and the Ocean. This is the legend of the first man and woman …

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