Ain't no guitarist got time for that! I want to learn to play the violin. I don't have time to get my fingers to land in damn near perfect positioning. I just want to get to making songs. Like many others I already play the guitar. What if guitar skills could give us all violin skills? What if we had a Frankenstein's monster of an instrument equal parts violin and guitar, but stronger than both? Fretted like a guitar with a similar scale length, but radiused like a violin to make bowing it easy? Yes, but wait there's more. Let's make it 3d printed in Polycarbonate or PETG for superior strength and to have it be semi transparent. Heck, let's make it light up in any color when played and shoot fog that can be simulated to look like fire on the fingerboard while you shred. Make it open source and cheap. Modular bodies. Maybe even a LEGO compatible body? Finally, let's give it the ability to shoot a rainbow array of fire colors with at least 10 foot flame
I'm printing the 1st draft of this thing. Left plenty of room for leds and the hollow truss rod tube to pump flammable liquids through. Doing it in PETG. Should be printed in a day. Files available for those following along.
The core of the body has been designed in Tindercad. It was designed so that a CR-10 s5 can print the entire neck and bridge assembly in one piece to get really tight tolerances for intonation. I will break up the pieces with registration keys so smaller printers can do this up easy too. Prolly post all this to Thingiverse when done. I will probably just go with a steel rod for the truss rod on the Mark 1 though I may get more ambitious and go with a real adjustable truss rod. Even the 3d printed polycarbonate can't hand the strain of the string tension. A hollow steel tube will also make channeling the inflammable (it means more than flammable like infamous means more than famous) liquids through much easier. I've been screen recording my progress because I also want to show people how to design an instrument like this from the ground up in something easy like Tinkercad. I may if I have time document the building process in Rhino, Fusion 360, and a VR program like Kodon as well. I've gone with a 480mm scale length on this guy. That should keep me safe from too much string rattle.
Need to solder together an 18650 battery pack to get the 24 Volts necessary to f̶o̶g̶ m̶i̶s̶t̶i̶f̶y̶mystify this Vitar up. I'll prolly just use some Amazon battery holders for that. I also need to see if I can make the ultrasonic foggers more compact by removing some material. Gotta figure a way to hide them in the body with a water reservoir.