In December it came to my mind the desire to make a guitar.
I wanted to design entirely my favourite musical instrument, from my preferred material : paper !
I chose to create it based on a cheap used electric guitar pieces (a Telecaster©) with some jazz guitar's parts.
My main objective was to design a structure that could resist the tension of the strings, my second objective was to design a structure that would hold the tuning so that I could play guitar for real.
After one month of drawings and 9 prototypes I realised that the idea wasn't so crazy : I told myself that if its acoustic qualities weren't satisfying it could not appear as attractive as it should be for an electric guitar... but the last prototype was promising !
I collaborated with my friend Richard, as a printer (La Martiennerie), to optimize the project and to cut the pieces with his big laser cutting machine. After two days of building and adjustments the sound of the guitar was incredible ! The neck holds the tuning but is just flexible enough to do some nice tremelos. The acoustic sound is louder than a solidbody guitar and the electric sound is nicely coloured by the hollowbody shape made of paper.
This instrument isn't perfect... but I have learned a lot and I really want to design other guitars for experimenting the sound of paper.