Henrique Pinto (homonym of a famous guitar teacher here), who is actually a student of luthier course from Tatui's Conservatory in Brazil, where Edson Lopes teaches guitar, has just made his first guitar, and he decided to build it with paper. He had prior experience with paper, he used a technique we call "papietagem" or Papier Collé (I don't know the English word). He said he spent 3 years to develop the technique before starting to build the guitar. Some parts of the guitar are made of regular wood, like the scale. But soundboard, back and sides are totally made of paper.
Sound is quite nice for the first guitar of this kind. Here Edson Lopes trying the guitar at youtube:
Postby powderedtoastman » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:13 am
That's cool, there is some discussion on here and elsewhere on the internet about a Torres guitar that supposedly had back and sides made of paper like papier mache, but I find it very surprising that you could get such a nice sound with the soundboard also made that way. But then, Edson Lopes can probably make just about any guitar sound great!
I wonder how long the guitar would last before wear and tear start to take their toll?
And in the end while this is a great demonstration, I suspect that if anything at all this sort of technique could maybe help make the low end of factory guitars cheaper. But when we buy luthier guitars I think most of the cost is in the labor and the name so I can't imagine many people would want to pay the premiums and not get a guitar made out of some nice woods.
If this can be done with recycled materials, then I could see it catching on in a future world where good solid wood is hard to come by!
It shows once again that the actual 'secret' of the guitar is the construction. The materials may be important, and so every guitar of same construction will sound differently, but the most important is what you do with the materials given ... IMHO
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....only if it is Playboy from the days when they had pictures. The scale is the fretboard and/or neck? I went to the link but since it is in a language I do not readily read I was unable to make out what is used to hold the paper together. Epoxy? Some other form of adhesives?
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In the article there is no clue about the glue or adhesive used.
As I've understood from the article, fretboard is made of wood, neck is made of paper.
My concern would also be with durability. Only time can tell...