June 22, 2018 / 8:22 PM

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ODD Guitars Make vibrant instruments from a 3D printer...if you can afford them


Are you looking for an eye-catching guitar and have no concerns how much it costs? We might have previously recommended some of Dean's Dimebag Darrell tribute models, but now ODD Guitars will sell you a variety of unique guitars, and you impress your friends by bragging that your axe was produced via 3D printer. 

Yes, 3D printing has made its way to musical instruments. Having not played one the company's models, we can't comment on how well or unwell it functions compared to other electric solid-body models, but we can assure you ODD's products are distinct in design. The base product seems to be modeled after standards such as the Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster. Buyers select a theme, such as the Americana or Spider, which is applied to the chosen guitar-type. This is where it gets interesting. 

The guitars aren't really "solid-body" per se, as the bodies are hollowed out and filled with imagery associated with the theme. The Spider, for example, seems the feature a slew of arachnids lurking within the webbed shape of the body. The Americana features a New York skyline and Statue of Liberty hiding in a stars-n-stripes motif. This type of "artwork" would be nearly impossible without a 3D printer, which layers nylon to create the final product. Note that the important stuff (pickups, tuning heads, guitar neck, etc.) aren't built by the printer. So no, you can't buy an acoustic guitar from these guys, because they know as well as you do that an acoustic instrument made out of nylon will suck. 

They look cool, but expect a typical ODD instrument to start at about $3,500. A new Fender Deluxe Stratocaster "only" costs around $1,700. So you really have to be committed to the creative body design if you want that ODD guitar. 

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