The Klaxons go on tour with 3D printed guitars from Customuse.
We have covered 3D printed guitars on Top Guitars before in the rise of 3D printed guitars. However, they are still very much in the innovation stage, or at least that is what we thought. But with the recent announcement that the Klaxons have gone on tour with 3D printed guitars perhaps this new development in guitar construction is gaining some traction.
The UK Indie rockers apparently made an announcement last June that the they would be using 3D printed guitars on their next tour. However, this rather tongue in cheek comment has now been turned from fantasy to reality by 3D printed guitar company Customuse and 3D printing experts from the University of Sheffield.
Customuse was founded by University of Sheffield graduates Mahdi Hosseini, Sophie Findlay and Justas Cernas to design and produce custom 3D printed guitars. Mahdi came up with the idea for Customuse when it dawned on him that his dream of owning a customised guitar was financially out of his reach. Unless of course he could get one printed. Fortunately for Mahdi a 3D printing expert was on hand in the shape of Professor Neil Hopkinson, a renowned expert in 3D printing, who also just so happened to be a bass guitarist.
Having already supervised an undergraduate project to design and print a 3D guitar Hopkinson was ideally placed to provide technical know how to Customuse.
Customuse have utilised some of the 3D printed guitars produced at the university to highlight the potential of the idea to potential investors. The next step is a crowd-funding campaign, which will be launched in December, to raise funds.
The Klaxons have given the company a major PR boost by selecting Customuse to create a 3D lead and bass guitar for band members Simon Taylor-Davies and Jamie Reynolds. After playing his 3D printed Bass guitar Reynolds stated that he was “absolutely blown away”. Taylor Davies compared the 3D printed guitar to the boundary pushing guitars of the 80s saying that “3D printed guitars are about as magical as it gets”.
To catch the Klaxons on tour with 3D printed guitars visit their website for details.
Visit the Customuse website to find out more about their 3D printed guitars
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