Make your own guitar with a 3D printer
Check out this dude - jammin' on a guitar he designed using 3D modelling software.
The body parts are designed by Zoybar, which describe itself as an "open R&D Lab" for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to easily create music instruments and applications".
Zoybar offers a guitar kit for musical hardware hackers that can be arranged in multiple ways. While it comes in either bass or six-string configurations, parts of the body can be fully tweaked in Blender to achieve whatever look you desire.
In this case, Bård has gone for a fretless six-string with minimal body design. It looks pretty schweet to me.
If you're interested in making one yourself, the Zoybar kit starts at $670 (£416).
Any more cool DIY 3D printing projects out there? Let us know in the comments below. ®
Don't be stupid
You've made a bit of a dick of yourself ehere. The article's in the RegHardware part of the site, under the section called Gadgets. What d'you expect to see in that section of the site, apart from articles about unusual new products which companies make? A C++ tutorial?
If you don't want to read about gadgets, don't read the section called "Gadgets"
well, sort of....
The most important factor in the sonic qualities of a solid body electric guitar is the rigidity and resonance (or lack thereof) of the whole. In fact, a more dense and rigid, less resonant guitar will tend to have more sustain because of the knock on effect of not absorbing too much of the string's energy, and not trasnmitting any of the vibration to the pickups, where such vibration would compromise the electromagnetic process of picking up the strings note.
This is why carbon fibre, through neck guitars such as the tiny cricket bat shaped Steinberger guitars tend to sound closer to a big chunky Les Paul, for example. And why big body semis actually have quite a boxy, reedy sound by comparison.
If the construction techniques and rigidity of the materials in this guitar are suitable, the actual size and shape of the thing doesn't mean a damn.
I for one am more than a litle curious.
The big question
To some extent, you're paying for bragging rights.
There are places which sell guitar kits: if you put the effort into the finishing, you would certainly have something unique which you could be confident of sounding good. It depends what you think your time is worth, but there is that personal feeling about making it. It becomes a little more special.
Interesting tech-geekery: there are solid-state circuits out there which emulate valves, so that you can make a working "valve" amplifier which doesn't need obsolete batteries or spares.