Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

William K. Hemphill

Committee Members

D. Dean Isham, Andrew J. Czuchry


This thesis is an investigation of the fabrication and assembly methodologies employed in the development of a proof-of-principle prototype electric guitar composed of laminated copolyester. The objective of the project was to develop the processes and procedures to create an optimized physical and visual bond between layers to minimize vibratory dissipation, thus maximizing sustain. A high speed CNC router, abrasive waterjet, laser engraver-cutter, as well as various manual fabrication and assembly methods were investigated in the construction of the guitar prototypes. The lamination processes explored include low-temperature, heat-assisted pressure bonding, solvent and chemical welding, and contact adhesives. The project concluded with the completion of a working guitar comprised of a laminated copolyester body and a traditional bolton wooden neck.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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