Recently, reader Alex G. shared several pictures of his innovative concept for an aluminum neck guitar based around an aluminum T-beam form. The idea definitely piqued my interest and I’m glad to learn that Alex has joined the ranks of guitar bloggers with his own site The Aluminum T-Beam Guitar. There he intends to document his guitar project which will, of course, be based on an ergonomic guitar shape.
Although his guitar blog is only a few days old, Alex has already published two excellent articles. The first, Background – Why and How explains how he became interested in this approach and contains renderings illustrating the basic concept. This exploded view of a guitar based around the T-Beam neck concept does a great job of explaining his intended approach:
The second article, Guitar Ergonomics, discusses his decision to make an electric guitar based on an ergonomic shape. Alex notes both the Klein Electric Guitar and the Forshage Electric Guitar as influences for the shape. Here is an early image that suggests what we can look forward to:
Overall, I’m excited to see innovation among guitar makers. The unfortunate truth is that the typical guitar project is a rehashing of the Strat, Tele and Les Paul shapes with a few minor detail changes or a different choice in wood. With Alex’s guitar build, we see a willingness to experiment with both the basic construction of the guitar as well as the choice in body design. Thank goodness! I, for one, will be watching Alex’s guitar project very closely.
BTW, don’t forget to check out these other guitar builds by Building the Ergonomic Guitar readers: