Vintage Meets Modern

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Rocknroller, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Rocknroller

    Rocknroller New Member!

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    Thought I would share this most incredible gift I got from my son Fred. My wife and I went out to visit him and his wife Emily since they recently moved out to Denver. Fred started his own engineering company called Peak Additive and he does industrial design, consulting and 3-D printing/prototyping, also known as "additive manufacturing." He was able to procure original Fender drawings of a 1962 Strat and using CAD technology, modeled and 3D printed an exact copy of a 62 Strat, with some added design elements of his own. He has a 3D printer that does an extrusion process called Fused Deposition Modeling. The guitar body was printed in 2 halves and designed so the build lines run in a horizontal direction to mimic wood grain. The two halves were designed with a tongue and groove and bonded together with a high-strength epoxy resin. Aside from the cut-out features for weight reduction, the body is rather solid. The FDM machine builds the part in layers that create a cross-hatch type of pattern throughout. The resulting part is very strong. The pickguard was also 3-D printed out of polycarbonate. Fred left the printed parts "raw" rather than smooth sanding or vapor honing the surface so that you can see how the part was actually fabricated. He assembled the guitar and did all of the wiring himself using high end electrical components and original Fender reissue parts. All of the screw locations have brass threaded inserts hot-melted into the plastic and the cavities and underside of the pg are shielded. The neck is from a 60's reissue Strat the he found on Ebay, and the pickups are Fender 57/62's (awesome choice). Fred presented me with the guitar after we returned home from dinner the other night and needless to say I was overwhelmed and I will cherish this guitar for the rest of my life. I've been playing it through his Marshall stack and it sounds amazing, and I will be gigging it live this weekend with my band Classic Obsession and I'm sure there will be lots of people asking me questions about the guitar. I will try and post some sound clips when I get back home, but in the meantime, here are some pics:

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  2. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member

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    Truly amazing.. Times are a changing.. Definitely a keeper ;)
     
  3. JABSolstice

    JABSolstice Senior Stratmaster

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    That is very cool. Can't wait to hear it. What does it weigh?
     
  4. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    Do we need to start talking about "tone plastics" now? Cool guitar.
     
  5. JABSolstice

    JABSolstice Senior Stratmaster

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    I'll get the popcorn.
     
  6. Tafmutt

    Tafmutt Strat-Talker

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    Moat incredible guitar I've ever seen!
     
  7. Stratonini

    Stratonini Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow, what a cool gift an obviously gifted child you have. I'm looking forward to the sounds clips.
     
  8. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Very cool. I've been wanting a guitar made out of something different for a while now. Not sure what, just something different.
     
  9. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    What a kickass gift! The cutouts are reminiscent of the Gibson "holy" series...
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  10. KCStratman

    KCStratman Senior Stratmaster

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    Fantastic in plastic! I am curious too, what does just the body weigh? Great unique gift, could be easily customized design, nice work Fred!
     
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    Krunch Strat-O-Master

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    Awesome man. I really like it. And, even more wonderful that it's a gift that will turn into an heirloom. Rock it man!
     
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    LeicaBoss Senior Stratmaster

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    That is really awesome! Looks like a killer axe, too!
     
  13. kuruma1

    kuruma1 Strat-Talk Member

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    For those that want to make their own:

    Stratocaster / Squier with awesome cutout! by DodgyBob - Thingiverse
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    STRATOCASTER FENDER JAMPY RMX by doctormao - Thingiverse

    Looks like Peak Additive uses a large machine (14" x 12" x 12" build envelope), so someone would have to cut this apart a bit more than 2 chunks to make it happen on your average Makerbot. Really interesting project. It looks like it can be done.

    Kind of a cool concept to take these models and customize different cutouts and pickup configurations.
     
  14. achord

    achord Strat-Talk Member

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    Congratulations Rocknroller. Great gift from Fred. As others have mentioned, I'm curious about the weight and sound.
     
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    silhouette Strat-O-Master

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    Can't wait to hear your version of Jimi's "Epoxy Lady".
     
  16. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    That's a very special and cool gift, Rocknroller!
     
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    martin82 Strat-Talk Member

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    Wow. That looks amazing. Congratulations. You've got a great family.
     
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    guitarvegas Senior Stratmaster

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    nice gift, congrats...I personally cannot stand the holes in the body. That kills it for me. But if you like it then rock it out brotha!
     
  19. GuitarPix

    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Looks fantastic. He may have a sideline business if he's not careful The design possibilities are pretty endless.

    Will you be adding songs off of "Houses of the Holy"?
     
  20. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member

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    If it hasn't been done.. Can he patent the process ? Could be the way of the future...