Stratocaster/Les Paul Hybrid Guitar

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Stratocaster/Les Paul Hybrid Guitar by TheWhaleBiologist Jun 4, 2014
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This guitar is a hybrid that incorporates the body style of a Les Paul with what I call the guts of Stratocaster. A great deal of time and effort went into making this and I'm glad I finally have the chance to share it.
It features a stratocaster neck, springs, bridge, input jack, and more, all of which were parts raided from a cheap First Act guitar I found on Craigslist.
The pick guard which came with all the electronics and pickups prewired and built-inn came from an awesome kit sold at stewmac
The end product sounded exactly to me like my squire which I think is pretty cool.
One really important thing to note that you'll see in the instructions is that the files are slightly off in their design. The little circle shape at the bottom of the cut-out where the back of the pick guard fits into isn't near big enough as a I ended up grinding it out a lot with a dremel to make things fit. For this same reason there are no holes for the pick guard. To sum it up this thing takes a great deal of handiwork to construct. If someone feels inclined to modify and update the files feel free. Or if people seem interested in a fix I may eventually fix it myself.
Also the ingredients/directions will be a bit general because: 1) I heavily relied on the advice of local guitarist since I myself know very little. 2) I was building the guitar as a birthday present and sort of learned most of the stuff I know from building it.
I've been meaning to share this design awhile ago. I'm curious to see what people do with it and to that end feel free to make derivatives. Happy printing!


Couple roles of PLA filament
Cheap Stratocaster style First Act for parts (you could buy all the parts instead I suppose, but this was way easier) (found mine on craigslist for $50 with a free amp)
Pick guard prewired with all the electronics found here: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguards/Strat_style_pickguards/Pre-wired_Pickguard_Assembly.html (which I suppose you don’t need if you buy a strat for parts, but I needed different colors and a specific size so I bought a separate one)
To start with I'll repeat what was said in the description, the file provided is flawed, but some grinding with a dremel can fix this. Also as another side note specific instructions would be far too long to follow. Research into guitar anatomy is pretty important. Use the disassembled First Act as a loose template for building your 3D printed guitar.

  1. Cut the files into pieces, I believe I made mine into 11, and print them in PLA. Most infill will work, but try keeping it low to minimize cost, but high to maintain strength. For me slicing in slic3r with 20% normal infill worked fine.
  2. Fit the pieces together and friction weld together using the strategy explained here: http://makezine.com/projects/make-34/skill-builder-finishing-and-post-processing-your-3d-printed-objects/ Be sure to practice a lot to get the hang of it. Using short pieces of PLA straightened and put in the dremel at high speeds gives good results. Be very generous in the amount of welds you make because it can only strengthen the guitar. Using high speed will allow you to melt plastic deep in the seam of the parts causing a very strong bond. Be sure to be even more generous on high stress areas like the around the bridge and neck.
  3. Once body is one solid piece make adjustments that are needed. For me the as previously mentioned the bottom right of the electronics cut-out wasn’t large enough so that needed to be grinded a lot to get the pick guard to fit. Also the side hole where the input jack fits into was too small. For me personally I took everything extra off the input jack, made the whole large until I could easily plug it into an amp, then friction welded it into place until it was quite secure.
  4. Mark where holes are going to go with a sharpie, double check they're all correct, then drill carefully.
  5. Sand the guitar as needed. My printer wasn't the greatest so I needed quite a bit of sanding to make everything flat. Make a slow transition from rough to fine sandpaper, try not to skip grits. Be patient with this step as it can take awhile.
  6. Coat the guitar in krylon clear glaze found at Wal-Mart. Follow instructions on can.
  7. Grind the pick guard as needed/desired. Solder the ground wire in the pick guard to the metal thing the springs attach to.
  8. Assemble the parts in the same fashion as they were disassembled from the raided guitar.
  9. Adjust the strings using an Allen wrench
    And you're done, now show off your new 3D printed guitar.

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I assume the scale on the STL is inches. Pls confirm.

Seems someone took the design and put their logo on it with zero attribution!

LeStratocaster Guitar

Can you upload your individual slices?

I want to make this with a Les Paul style neck, but I don't know enough about the differences to know if it will work. Does anyone know specific requirements for the neck and how to attach it?

Also, make sure the neck is at a 5º angle if you're using a Les Paul style neck, Strat necks stay at a 0º angle

first you have to find the dimensions of the neck pocket and make sure your neck will fit, then you could either screw in the neck or use some kind of epoxy. (Screws may be less of a pain)

I printed a 0.2 scale as a test on my printer, but it came out left handed. Any idea why?

Can you upload the separate STL files used for the body?

Will this work with any guitar, I want to buy a cheap guitar, and build a custom guitar as a working show piece.

Congrats! I thought you model was one of the best choices for a 3D Printed Christmas gift! I made a link from here: http://3dprintingninja.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-20-free-3d-printed-christmas-gifts.html

what pick guard did you use? i cant find one that fits


is it possible to have the separate pieces ?

Thanks !

Could you upload an ipt or solidworks file of the guitar you made? I love the design but am not great with editing with stl kits, and just wanted to add a few personal changes to mine. Thanks!

What does it sound like?

After rewiring it... Sounds great.

How did you print this?

Awesome Man!! Bloody Awesome!! Any chance of posting the original file?

Sorry for the long off reply, i just put up the .ipt

I am printing now... 4 shells, 30% infill (by the neck, middle and bridge) 20% elsewhere. About 6 pieces in gold filament. Should take a bit over 1.5 spools. Simplify3D calculates all the parts printed in 52 hours! I had to scale it up by .01% to ensure the neck i got fit ok. This is a big project.

Did you slice the object and print them separately piece by piece or do you have a very large printing bed?

I sliced it into about 10 or 11 peices i believe, you can see the seams if you look closely. A bigger printing bed wouldve been really nice though.

how did u cut the object into 10 peices??

Weight? Do you get neck dive???
An AWESOME start to what will be an exciting and involved project. My cuts will be diagonal and will follow the lines in the body designs and will maximize size for fit on my Rep2 bed. I won't use spin welding. I use good old Testors modeling glue on PLA and ABS. Sets at just the right amount of time and blends the sides into one piece just fine.

Id love to see the finished project! I never weighed it in all my excitement and plus I had to give it away immediately after I finished as an overdue present. If i recall though it was pretty light and actually was slightly lighter than the first act body i used as a model. Im not an expert on guitars like ive said but i would answer that the neck after 4 months so far has remained in its exact position to my own surprise and when it was first made it the strings were a little far from the neck but that was quickly adjusted using the bridge and an allen wrench. Im interested to see how that glue holds up bc welding holds it together by chemically bonding the parts into one whereas the glue would just hold the 2 together. Anyway i cant wait to see how it turns out and ill be sure to listen in.

after experimenting with the friction welding on pla I've found I can tack the pla parts together with abs goo/juice before welding, it may be because I make abs goo/juice with MEK rather than acetone. I get a really solid join this way :)

Ive never even heard of mek until now, sounds to me like it would do really well though. Thats a real good idea also with the juice, i just used an overly complicated system of clamps to hold it down while i got the initial welds. On the website i put the link to, i believe they suggest a sort of acetone that works for pla that you could try.

for some reason the juice worked well on my test parts but not on my bass. Ended up aligning the parts manually

nice design, I'm thinking of making a bass using a similar method though likely in abs. I'm leaning towards either a coffin or tear drop style body

That sounds awesome, i designed mine in pla just bc I wanted to avoid the horrible warping that accompanies abs. The only time id ever do a big project like that in abs is if i was using a printer with a heated build chamber. I like the idea of a bass though, cant wait to see it uploaded

is it possible to print a guitar like that in a mini kossel? Sorry Im new into 3d printing.

ABS part failed due to delamination, used PLA in the end. Bass is up,
I'll upload final STL's soon

Coffin Bass
by Drathis

Nice job! What printer did you print this on?

My printer is a Prusa I3 Rework and this was actually ones of its first printing projects, way better than my old Prusa I2.