There have been all kinds of guitars made in a zillion different ways, but the “Zoybar Tor” is a guitar with unique roots: Designed by Bård S D with open source design software Blender and a 3D printer. The result is a badass fretless guitar that sounds awesome. Skeptical? Check out this clip on Vimeo, and you can see it’s the real deal.
It’s got a strange body shape, for sure, and you need to add some of the hardware like pickups and machine heads, but it’s designed to sit comfortably on your knee and even has a tailpiece-style extension which allows you to rest it upright against a wall. An intrepid and skillful luthier may even be able to put metal frets on the neck, but I can’t help wonder if it’s cooler without (come on; some of the slurs and glissandos in that video were amazing).
Not everyone has the means to print off their own guitar (even though the designs are available for free on the web), so you may be out of luck unless you have $670 lying around to buy one.
I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to be hearing about a 3D-printed bass any time soon. Hmmm…