04 August 2005
04 August 2005
David Guscott from Guscott Australia is developing a carbon fibre prototype electric violin in conjunction with Australian firm, LSM Advanced Composites.
David Guscott started producing musical instruments in 1997 with an electric upright bass. The idea to produce a carbon fibre violin had its origin in 2000, following the production of a successful prototype for a professional violinist (Peter Shurley), which led to the formation of Guscott Australia.
For the past four years the company have concentrated its efforts on producing electric violins and violas with bodies made from epoxy composite and necks made from epoxy laminated western red cedar (for light weight and strength).
“Our bridge and electronics are protected by a trade secret and is the reason that many professional violinists are saying that the Guscott Professional Series electric violin is the best sounding electric violin anywhere in the world”, said Guscott.
The companies association with LSM Advanced Composites is a recent one, and has enabled the company to realise the potential is producing carbon fibre violins which feature body, necks and heads made form 100% carbon fibre. At present, the company are still developing the tooling, with a prototype about 2 months away. The professional model will probably cost somewhere between three and four thousand dollars, according to Guscott.
""We don’t know yet what it will sound like, but the carbon has an incredible ring to it and the instrument might end up with better tonal qualities”, he said. Adding that the new violins will be lighter than a traditional acoustic violin which weighs about 500 grams.
“When we have this carbon fibre electric violin sorted, we hope to develop a viola, Cello and double bass – enabling us to produce an electric string orchestra, all with carbon fibre instruments. To our knowledge, there is not yet an electric string orchestra anywhere.”
The image shows early models and tooling for the prototype currently being developed.