maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

the new zealand based designer, maxwell custom, has carefully hand constructed the ‘infinitum’ archtop guitar. the project embodies a fresh approach to guitar design and is built exclusively from native new zealand timbers (kahikatea and black maire). this re-imagining of the instrument utilizes digital technology and composite materials to create a fresh take on a traditional craft.

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

all images courtesy of maxwell custom



the aim of the design focused on creating a harmonically rich and responsive sound that is rewarding for players and audiences alike. the designer began the project by questioning the nature of internal bracing in traditional instruments. the development explored different concepts but finally the bracing was removed from the soundboard leaving a single point of contact where the strings attach. by doing this, it allows the guitar to resonate more like a loud speaker, revealing a more diverse and dynamic instrument.

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design



the guitar has been crafted using CNC machining and thermal modification of the timbers to create the complex organic shapes that provides a very tactile quality. in essence, the ‘infinitum’ values sound over physical aesthetic and expresses the idea of ‘less is more’. the final design by maxwell embodies the philosophy that ‘the guitar should make you want to play it, so much that it is hard to put down’.

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design

maxwell carefully crafts 'infinitum' to re-imagine traditional acoustic guitar design



project info:


project name: ‘infinitum’

designer: maxwell custom


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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • I would like to know more about your guitar

    Philip Hudson says:
  • I’m totally & completely blown away with this guitar! I hope there are sound files available. I’d like to hear it before discussing the build.

    Thanks a Lot!

    Hollis Greene says:
  • Looks cool, worried about wear and tear where the strings mount over the bridge into the top, I also wish I could hear it !

    John Ryder says:
  • I am hesitant about the “notched” string mount as well. That is the only issue I see creating a problem over time.

    Jason Bruce says:
  • The notch string mount looks great to me. Since the instrument is an arched top, the upward tension supports the arch top – unlike a flatop where the string tension wants to “roll” the bridge and warp the top. I assume there is a reinforcement plate under those keyholes.

    Pat says:
  • I’ve worled with CNC and realise the quality they can provide, but would production be based on preorder only? And i too would loke to hear it. Love this concept!!!

    Carl Vaughan says:
  • I love the bridge design, I think the acoustic properties would be amazing!

    Lee Maxwell says:
  • The headstock design is a stinker, we already know bending strings into the nut creates friction and tuning issues. Ask Gibson owner!

    Mesaman says:
  • Absolutely Stunning. Notched string mount is brilliant, and can easily be reinforced with additional notched plate beneath surface. Would love to hear.

    Stephen Coorlas says:
  • What a beautiful lady…as the guardian of your streamliner I stand in awe of your talent and ideas..keep them coming..

    Bryon Timperley says:
  • Ok that’s awesome, but why make half the fretboard completely useless

    Andrew Marshall says:
  • Wow!! If the sound is anywhere near the inovation, and beauty, i can only imagine…price range has me curious as a poor boy, but do appreciate art..

    Mark payton says:
  • What is the price?

    Jesse De La O says:
  • I think the bridge is a legitimate concern. It’s high and the strings are recessed directly into the wood. Even the hardest wood would show wear. But if it sounds great and the action is good it can be overlooked. The grain of the wood is beautiful.

    Daniel Boone says:
  • Upon even further scrutiny of the pictures I noticed a couple more things. Because of the arched top, high bridge, and slanted neck the fret board does not touch the top of the guitar. I would shim the bottom of the fret board. It’s for looks, yes. I also think most players would be uncomfortable at first with the strings so high up over the top. You have a beautiful guitar but I think you need to change the design to not attach the strings to the top of the guitar with something that can be replaced with wear. Shim the fretboard and you have a beautiful and long lasting guitar. But my two cents don’t add up to much.

    Daniel Boone says:
  • The height of the strings at the bridge is a bit unorthodox.Looks like it should be a bowed instrument.The rest looks spectacular!

    Winston Lee says:
  • How much does this guitar cost if shipped to the U. S?

    Donna Marie Hoffman says:
  • Looks great, but how do you mic it in the studio?

    Paul says:
  • Can’t share guitar without sound file or video guys…..

    Rob McKenn says:
  • Reverb – “Can’t share guitar without sound file or video guys…..” – but not to be a PITA – I’d like to hear it.

    Stillwater says:
  • Nice, nice, nice !
    I would like to hear the sound of this beautiful instrument … A guitar without sound is like a soulless being!
    Thanks and Merry Xmas to all.

    Éloi says:
  • Are they for sale and how much?
    I’m absolutely in love.

    John Watson says:
  • Amazing design. Perhaps its just a prototype? I wonder about what appears to be a sapwood strip on the back panel and from the profile pic… a bit of sapwood showing on the seam. wonder if that would make a difference to how it reacts to its fluctuating environment?

    Joshua A Olson says:

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