Inspired by the DIY, hacker, and critical making communities, composer and tinkerer Kenneth David Stewart has been custom building a guitar that embeds the 100-year history of signal processing into the instrument itself. The project will be both musical and physical, critical and productive, engaging with the blurred boundary between process and product. Here are some recent pictures of his work in progress.
This picture shows two bodies that have been cut out on the bandsaw. The body on the left is made out of construction framing plywood scavenged from a dumpster. The body on the right is made from ambrosia maple.
This shows the prototype of the 1V6 tube preamplifier that’s battery powered and will be installed inside the instrument along with additional electronics.
This is a plywood mock up of the entire guitar made from a template. These shapes (the neck and body) are the final shapes to be used in the instrument design.
This is the shape of the guitar body shown as a simple outline.
Ibanez 882 1/2 of the shape used for inspiration.
Line drawing of the Viol de Pardassus. The other half of the shape used for inspiration.
Composite image with the Viol de Pardassus, the Ibanez 882 and the outline at the same time.
Body Progress Draft 1