2 months, 3 weeks ago
It’s a lovely day out there today (not desperately warm but still nice and sunny) and it’s a reminder that the summer festival season will soon be upon us. On that note I’d like to introduce you to another product/service range which I can offer you through this site and of course my Etsy store; Musical accessories.
No, I don’t mean my growing range of Proper Music Coasters (although I’m very proud of them and always ready to provide them to order of course!); I mean small gadgets, cosmetic items and other accessories for the working musician. I gave up gigging last year after twenty years of being in various bands, and I realised there’s many areas where 3D printing and design can be of help to the gigging musician. I also have been collaborating with a long-time friend and collegue who is still very active in the musical circuit, (Philip Ockelford; recording artist, studio engineer, luthier, guitar tutor and all-round musical Jedi Master) and together we’ve come up with a range of items which will stir the heart of the average muso.
Phil is, of course, a guitarist and since I also play a little (well, I used to) most of the designs are guitar related. But many can be used by any member of the band! There’s the MyPint Mk 3, a snap-on pint holder for your mic stand, because we all know that hydration is very important when you’re banging out the tunes (as is lager). Since I was the singer in the band I also developed a holder for my iPhone to mount onto my mic stand (using the same universal stand mount as the MyPint Mk 3) so I could use it as an autocue for lyrics. It’s all too easy to forget them…
Mainly we’ve been concentrating recently on cosmetic enhancements to your weapon of choice. I wondered if it was possible to make 3D printed guitar scratchplates so I thought I’d give it a go…. and it was possible. Not only was it possible, it also made the guitars they were fitted to look amazing. I’ve included a small selection of them in the slideshow on this post; the one I’m by FAR most proud of is the House Stark scratchplate for the Fender Telecaster. This depicts the sigil of House Start from Game of Thrones and includes not only custom-made control knobs but also pickup covers which continue the design on the top of the pickups. It was a LOT of work to get it just right, but when it was done and fitted it looked fantastic and apparently has turned many a head at various gigs!
Musicians are a fickle lot (I know, I was one of them) so I don’t really offer any standard products (with the exception of the MyPint Mk3 and a few other little ideas I’ve got in the works now). I more go the bespoke route, doing individually crafted items for customers who have specific needs; band logos in their trussrod covers, custom holders for slides or picks to be mounted onto the guitar itself, and of course the made-to-order one-off scratchplates. We’re hoping to get a few more scratchplate designs made in the very near future, this time experimenting with backing them with carbon-fibre to make them a little more rigid, and of course I’ll be posting photos when they’re all done.
So if you’re a plank-spanker, skin basher, keyboard wizard, Mr Bassman or any other type of musician…. then I’m always here to make you even more cool, my brothers and sisters of the tune!