The Pirate's Guitar, a laser-cut acoustic cigar-box guitar/ukulele

A little hello from Switzerland,

Here is my first cigar-box guitar created entirely pieces by pieces for laser cutting. My PIRATE'S GUITAR is an electro acoustic mini guitar with a special short scale of 488mm and can be mounted with 3 strings like a CIGAR-BOX GUITAR (tuned GDg) or with 4 strings like a UKULELE (tuned GCEA Low-G). She is playable acoustically but also amplified through a passive piezo pickup include under the bridge. The body and the neck are made of 61 pieces cut with a laser cutter in 2 peaces of 3mm and 5mm plywood. It also requires 4 classical guitar tuning pegs, a piezo mic capsule (already wired with an output jack socket), some screws, a fast wood glue and some nylon classical guitar strings. The graphics are burned by the laser during the cutting. For the mounting, it's like "Lego", every pieces clips with the other with some wood-glue, nothing to measure. Just look at the video...

The files of the original design are downloadable under Creative Commons Licence BY-NC-SA on our website: www.notsonoisy.com/pirates-guitar
We have not yet drafted "Instructables", but it's coming. In the meantime we have already organized 3 workshops where 30 people had mounted their own Pirate's Guitar, at the FABLAB-FRIBOURG, here in Switzerland.

I hope that will inspire you. Best regards. NOTsoNOISY Guillaume Reymond.

One of our workshops. Just 1 afternoon to build their own instruments.

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Comment by RTZGUITARS on October 10, 2017 at 12:08pm

What kind of laser cutter would you need to do one of these guitars.

Comment by RTZGUITARS on October 10, 2017 at 12:07pm

What kind of laser cutter would you need to do one of these guitars.

Comment by turtlehead on October 8, 2017 at 1:18am

This is a cool design and very nice to see an open source CBG project like this.  That's what it's all about!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 5, 2017 at 5:17pm

thats cool, I bet it has lots of recording possibility!

Comment by the anonymous pick on October 5, 2017 at 4:52pm

Great stuff man , and good on you  for doing so  , we need more workshop / kids workshops  , interest inducing projects .  thanks for clarifying ,  

Comment by NOTsoNOISY Guillaume Reymond on October 5, 2017 at 4:45pm

I just wanted to share. I'm selling nothing. The plans/files for the laser cutting are downloadable freely on our website (under Creative Commons license BY-NC-SA Free to use but put credits if share, non commercial use, share under same conditions) for whom want to try to build/assemble one. I'll make an Instructables as soon as possible, but for now I'm organizing workshops for helping people to build one, but it's in Switzerland. May be I had to wait until the instructable will be online but some creative makers would be interested to see my plans, that would give them ideas for their own creations. I don't know if it's the right place to share in the blog.

Comment by the anonymous pick on October 5, 2017 at 4:20pm

i'm confused .. are you selling  this as a kit  ?   plans  ?  or  an actual pre-made guitar   ?  or all of the above ? 

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