designer shifts the holes of a guitar to maximize instrument’s potential
 

designer shifts the holes of a guitar to maximize instrument’s potential

to evolve the stringed instruments‘ potential for contemporary players, mark roberts rethinks the shapes of traditional guitars and ukuleles as if an industrial product designer would develop a speaker. the america-based craftsman inspects the pieces at every stage to maximize the tone, volume, and playability.

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‘with the approach of an industrial product designer, I treat the instrument more like a speaker and air pump,’ explains roberts. ‘every design decision focuses on maximizing the tone-generating surface area of the soundboard, coupled with a forward-thinking tone bar system.’

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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • Yeah nice guitars but nothing new about holes in the sides, luthiers have been doing tis for years.

    Opacus13 says:
  • A good player can make any guitar sound good.

    mikek says:

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