Cyclotron

Front view of a guitar showing the plastic body and wooden neck. Side view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Rear view of a guitar showing the metal tuning keys. Side view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Close view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Close view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Close view of a guitar showing the material. Close view of a guitar showing the front of the body. Close view of a guitar showing the rear of the body. Close view of a guitar showing the headstock. Front view of a guitar showing it in the case. Side view of a guitar showing the case. Side view of a guitar showing the case.
Front view of a guitar showing the plastic body and wooden neck. Side view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Rear view of a guitar showing the metal tuning keys. Side view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Close view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Close view of a guitar showing the front and rear plates. Close view of a guitar showing the material. Close view of a guitar showing the front of the body. Close view of a guitar showing the rear of the body. Close view of a guitar showing the headstock. Front view of a guitar showing it in the case. Side view of a guitar showing the case. Side view of a guitar showing the case.
Details
Object number
AIBDC : 005923
Country
Date
2008

Description

This electric guitar has a sustainable maple wood core which supports the neck, pickup, bridge and control cavity, and front and back plates made from recycled off cuts of industrial pipe turned into sheet by Smile Plastics. The recycled plastic sheets have a consistent structure and density, making them more reflective with less damping than wood, giving the guitar good tone and sustain. The designer, Simon Lee, said of his use of this material: "Instead of producing highly lacquered, exotic timber ‘furniture’ guitars, I [design] instruments that explore the potential of, and celebrate very modern materials”. To create the recycled plastic sheet, Smile Plastics put a measured amount of flaked, sorted, waste plastics into a rectangular shaped mould which is then put into a hydraulic press. Through a process of heat and pressure, the individual flakes of plastic fuse together and take the shape of the mould. Most of Smile’s sheets are made of 100% waste plastic with no binding agents or resin; it is simply the combination of heat and pressure that transforms the flakes into solid boards. This example comes in a hard case.
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer

Inscriptions

printed: "SL Cyclotron - DR" (head)
Dimensions
Width
280mm
Height
990mm
Depth
50mm
Method Note
sheet
shape
construction
Material Note
plastic
PE front and back plates
polyethylene
wood neck
metal pick ups and tuning keys