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Making a wooden MIDI guitar with the Touch Board

Using the Touch Board to create an authentic-looking, wooden MIDI guitar

We love to hear from our community and the projects they make. So we were thrilled when Yoosang contacted us to show us her latest work: a MIDI guitar made out of wood and utilising the Touch Board. Being a member of Litchee Lab, based in Shenzhen, she was able to cut the wood for the guitar with a laser cutter. Using copper tape as the strings and attaching the Touch Board, Yoosang had made herself a nice little guitar!

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Materials

To begin you will need:

1x Touch Board
1x speaker
copper tape
wood (3mm)
spray paint
hot glue gun
cardboard

materials for midi guitar

Step 1

Using the laser cutter, Yoosang cut the wood and cardboard and engraved a message within the wood: “litcheelab MIDI guitar”. After the wood cutting, she sprayed painted it to give it a more natural look.

For the side of the guitar, Yoosang designed a special pattern with InDesign to make the wood flexible and fit around the body of the guitar. Once all pieces were ready, they were glued together using a hot glue gun. A piece of cardboard was used to reinforce the neck of the guitar.

Finally, the Touch Board and the speakers were attached and by applying some copper tape to the Touch Board, Yoosang was able to create strings for the guitar.

It looks amazing, thank you for sharing your work Yoosang! You can follow her on IG here.

If you want to share your ideas with us too, please send us an email at info@bareconductive.com or contact us either via Twitter or Instagram.

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Suggested Tutorials

We designed our board's capacitive sensors to be easy to connect to. Learn how to attach your project.

How to connect to your board’s capacitive sensors

Transform some cardboard into a MIDI instrument!

Make a Cardboard MIDI Guitar with the Touch Board

materials on grey background

Get ready for untethered musical fun!

How to program the Touch Board for On Board MIDI Mode

Categories

Community

Inspiration

Touch Board

Date Posted

2017/04/10

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