Somnium Guitars debuted their modular aluminium guitar design at the NAMM Show this year, where they brought along a few prototypes for players to try out and get some feedback.
The main core of the guitar is aluminium and then the concept is that you can affix a new set of pickups and wiring or even change the actual body shape of the guitar itself.
It’s a neat concept. My only concern is that you can also remove the fretboard, which I feel could lead to issues with warping due to temperature and humidity changes.
The neck itself also looks to be aluminium, as is the core body and the two are one whole piece. This means you can keep the Somnium guitar strung when you swap out the rest of the hardware. It’s just that I really think that neck/fretboard connection could be it’s Achilles heal.
However, these are prototypes and so the design may well evolve before they actually go to market. I’m not entirely sure who the target audience for this system is, but the concept is interesting and opens up guitar design, which is never a bad thing.
Maybe we might see a bass version at some point or a 7-String, or maybe an extended range instrument as well in the future?
If the product ever makes it to market, then I feel the price will be the deciding factor on whether or not it succeeds as a viable product. That and how it actually plays/sounds!
- Somnium Modular guitar concept: http://www.somniumguitars.com