I am new here to this musical instrument forum altho I have recently completed a retrofit of an RF45 CnC milling machine. I have been able to make all sorts of cool stuff with it and it has been quite a learning experience.
Yesterday I was surfing youtube and found a video of an AMAZING electric guitar. It is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time and I simply MUST try to make one, here is the video:
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66luKYb3G5s"]YouTube - My Acrylic Guitar[/nomedia]
I have since found out that this is a copy of what is called an Ibanez JEM profile. It is awesome and that one is particularly beautiful. Not just because of the wood but the whole thing is beautiful. I hope to try to recreate that guitar on my CNC mill. I have tried to find a file or other information on this that I can use in my software. I am using an autocad clone for 2.5d drawing and Sheetcam for 2.5d milling and I am using Alibre Express for 3d altho I am kinda new to it. I intend to use cambam to do the cutting on this since I THINK it will need to be 3d. Has anyone here tried to do this guitar?
I will of course have to machine this on some sort of fixture plate because I will need to be able to flip it around to machine it in two halves. My Y travel is only around ten inches so I hope to be able to reach the pockets for the electronics and then only have to deal with any misalignment on one side and only on the basic shape which I can hand smooth if there is any. The electronics will be whatever is recommended in the original guitar and I have found that information already.
Has anyone else made an acrylic guitar here? I intend to try to make one from MDF initially and see how it goes and then once I know everything works hit the more expensive acrylic. Anyone have a good reasonably priced source for this stuff? I am sure it will not be cheap...
This Guitar is AMAZING looking and I am currently working with a local fellow who is a guitar instructor and we are trading woodworking lessons for guitar lessons so I hope to be able to actually play the damn thing at least a little by the time I finish it. Anyways, Nice to meet you all and hope to be able to get started on this soon. Any and all help or ideas would be MOST welcome... peace