Guitars are the first thing many people think of when they hear the words ‘musical instrument.’ While anyone can go out and buy one that can already be found in thousands of homes, a lot of people have taken their hobby to the next level with 3D printed guitars.
Any musician will tell you that the only thing that makes music more satisfying is playing it on an instrument you’ve made yourself, so 3D printed guitars have increased in both popularity and function in recent years.
Guitars are complicated instruments, and so they’re more than a simple click and print job. Many designers have shared their cool and unique creations online, many of which come with detailed instructions and information on where to buy the parts that can’t be easily 3D printed.
Here, we’ll look at some of the coolest looking and sounding 3D printed guitars, pics, and accessories available online, most of which are free!
- See also: our ranking of the coolest 3D printable musical instruments.
- We also have a guide to the coolest things you can 3D print.
The Electric Guitar Project – Amazing Electric 3D Printed Guitar
This design, simply titled ‘Electric Guitar Project’, comes courtesy of a user who claims to be passionate about two things: 3D printing and music.
The Electric Guitar project is a fully playable 3D printed guitar with one of the coolest designs around. The classic Les Paul shape combined with the minimalist body makes for one cool looking 3D printed guitar you can really play!
After much trial and error, the designer was pleased enough to upload all files and information for free, so anyone can 3D print this guitar themselves. If you don’t believe us, check out the video above to hear how it sounds.
Along with the files found here are links to the extra pieces such as strings and an output jack to ensure you have everything you need. Many of these come with video tutorials so you can be as confident as possible when 3D printing this guitar yourself.
The Geartar – 3D printed guitar with gears
One look at the aptly named Geartar, and you’ll have trouble believing it came from a joke request from the designer’s friend.
The shape was copied from the designer’s neglected guitar, and reworked to fit small, battery-powered gears that really turns heads.
Alongside the files for this guitar are in-depth instructions from the designer, including sizes and infill recommendations. As the Geartar was printed using a 1:1 scale of a store-bought model, it can be shrank or grown to any size.
When it comes to 3D printed guitars, the fewer prints the better, but the designer of the Geartar explains that smaller 3D printers can handle this project as long as post-print assembly is done carefully.
All files and instructions for both the Geartar are available for free here, and the gears (which were taken from a different design), can also be downloaded free of charge here.
The AMGP – The Thing of the Week!
The AMGP (or Adapter Modular Guitar Pro) is a guitar made for both guitar aficionados and ‘wannabes’ who are looking for an old school, but no less cool, rock guitar with built in, replaceable pic holster.
This 3D printable guitar is a popular choice for anyone wanting to put their own spin on an old look.
While the instructions and files can be found for free on Thingiverse, the designer recommends going here to ensure the files are as up to date as possible.
The Giger Guitar – Out of This World
The works of H.R. Giger are recognizable to many at a first glance. Their dark, twisted shapes have inspired many artists, but his work is perhaps best known through the Xenomorph of the classic sci-fi horror ‘Alien.’
Musical instruments weren’t to be left out of his influence, thanks to the designer of the Giger Guitar, a 3D printed guitar with Giger’s work (most prominently the alien themself). Any fan of Giger or Ridley Scott’s immensely popular film will definitely want to add this guitar to their 3D print list.
With the files found here, simply follow the laid-out instructions and you’ll have your own 3D printed guitar that’s sure to turn a few heads. The user comments alongside these files show overwhelmingly positive results in both look and playability.
The Black Widow – Deadly Licks
Few guitars, let alone 3D printed guitars, look as cool as The Black Widow. From its meshed design to its light weight, it is without a doubt one of the most attractive 3D printed guitars available online, and the designer has been gracious enough to make the files available for free!
The Black Widow is made from a simple PLA filament, and has a relatively simple post-print assembly. This makes it an ideal first project that’s far less complicated than it looks.
With just a few purchased add-ons, The Black Widow makes an attractive, elegant, and extremely metal guitar!
The Black Widow 3D printed guitar even made it on to our list of the coolest 3D printed musical instruments!
The Compact Bass
Bass guitars may be the definition of cool, but they are known for being larger and heavier than most other kinds of guitar. And so one designer came up with this 3D printed compact bass guitar that’s fully playable and has even been used in gigs!
Like the other guitars on this list, the files are completely free and come with assembly instructions and necessary add-ons to turn this design into a working 3D printed instrument.
They do suggest caution, however, as this 3D printable guitar’s pickup wire has proven to be fragile.
Playable Mini Guitars
Something on an honorable mention on this list are these mini guitars that are still tunable and playable with nothing more than a few rubber bands.
By adjusting the tension on these miniatures, you can change the pitch of the tune played. With enough practice (and some finger strength) you’ll be able to string out a basic tune, strum for a relaxing noise, or tinker and toy away to see what tunes you can play.
While not ‘guitars’ per se, these 3D printed mini guitars are great for musically-inclined fidgeters.
3D Printed Guitar Accessories
Every guitar needs a place to live. For many, this is as simple as buying a case, but for something as special as a 3D printed guitar, you’re going to want a stand or a mount to make sure it’s in view. Fortunately, they can also be 3D printed!
Or, why not make your own 3D printed guitar pick to complete the collection and make each strum that much more your own?
There are plenty of 3D printed guitar stands, mounts, picks, and add-ons to choose from, here we’ll look at some of our favorites.
3D Printed Guitar Stands
Guitar stands are simple structures that keep your guitar stood upright for easy access and even to double as a part of a room’s décor.
This design is a simple print-and-place 3D printed guitar stand for electric guitars that don’t fit comfortably in normal stands.
Acoustic guitar owners may also like this 3D printed guitar stand with a wider base and secure back rest to ensure the instrument heft doesn’t exclude it from being an attractive decoration when not in use.
Whether trying to save space or just prefer the look, 3D printed guitar wall mounts are a cool way to display your instrument in style.
Whether 3D printed or not, a guitar’s wall mount needs to be sturdy and strong. This design for a wall bracket comfortably holds an instrument of 4kg (about 8.8lbs), and can hold a variety of guitars in different sizes.
For a more whimsical look, this Incredible Hulk wall mount is adjustable to wall mount that can hold just about anything, including guitars.
3D Printed Guitar Picks
What guitar player doesn’t want a personal pick to go with their instrument? 3D printed guitar picks are simple, customizable, and always add a personal touch to your sessions.
From this simple design for a standard guitar pick, to this pick complete with spider engraving, 3D printed guitar picks can be made in any color, size, and thickness to match you and your instrument.
For something more creative, these Queen of Hearts guitar picks are beautiful multicolored designs that easily stand out. Their design also allows for the picks to be worn as necklaces or charms which not only looks cool, but also makes them difficult to lose.
Speaking of, guitar picks are notorious for vanishing into thin air. It’s not uncommon to carry spares or wearable ones to ensure they stay on you and in sight, but another way is to make your own 3D printed guitar pick holders.
These holders range from small boxes like the one found here, to this creative design for a 3D printed guitar pick stand that looks like an actual guitar!