The Zero Guitar has been launched, seeking funding for an initial run through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Neil Hewitson, a former guitar technician and GGI designer at Gibson, heads up the project. The “zero” in the guitar’s name refers to the zero-waste manufacturing process – being 3D printed, there are no wood offcuts to worry about here. The guitar is printed out of recyclable nylon PA12 – a material noted for its low weight, yet high impact strength.
The guitar itself features a dramatically-contoured double-cut body, a two-humbucker pickup layout, and a Floyd Rose tremolo. The arresting design is completed at the end of the neck by a reversed harpoon-like headstock. The curved body is clearly designed with ergonomics in mind, aiming to provide easy access to the strings without the body getting in the way of the player’s forearm.
The electronics of the guitar support also stereo output via two quarter-inch jacks, something not seen on many guitars – 3D printed or not.
The guitar is predicted to ship in February 2020, and is available via Kickstarter, coming in different configurations depending on the pledge – varying from just the body, to a fully-built custom guitar.
Find out more at kickstarter.com.