In 2014, a conversation with my friend Tosin Abasi turned to an idea he had for his own signature guitar. Upon showing me a sketch of a design he had conceived, I offered to help him draw up his original design to help pull the development process along.
I stayed very true to Tosin’s design, contributing only a couple of details, such as the elliptical bevel edge all the way across the top of the guitar body, the dot inlay arc pattern, and a couple of pickguard shape options.
Initial CAD drawings were sent to the manufacturer, who did some refinement of their own, and a few prototypes were made. Tosin’s vision was spot on, and he was extremely pleased with the ergonomics of the guitar he had designed, and it fit his body and his unorthodox playing styles perfectly.
Fast forward to late 2017, and Tosin’s decided it was time to take his design and put it into production himself, with his own partner, luthier Frank Falbo. They were ramping up to début at the NAMM show in January 2018. (The National Association of Music Merchants show is one of the largest musical instrument trade shows in the world.)
With only a few hand-made prototypes built to date, Tosin and his partner asked that I produce detailed, life-size renderings to show some configuration and finish options. This involved taking the CAD files, which were only used to cut the wooden body and neck of the guitar, and adding models of the frets, strings, pickups, electronics, and hardware, much of which did not exist in 3D form.
Once a detailed model was built, a virtual “set” was constructed and lit in Blender, and various finish options could be explored.