As we’ve discussed in many of our past articles, laser engraving is suited for a wide range of applications, with the process being the ideal way to mark diverse materials and products. The music world is yet another industry that relies on laser engraving systems, with both business owners, hobbyists and bands alike producing personal messages, eye-catching designs, serialization and much more on musical instruments and accessories.
Every musician tells a story with their music, and with laser engraved guitar bodies their instruments can, too. Let’s take a look at laser engraving guitars and other components and all the benefits that engraving can provide.
Which Laser Engraving Systems Are Ideal for Laser Engraving Guitars?
When you’re looking to begin laser engraving, the first step is to assess the materials you will be working with to determine which type of system will best suit your needs. Depending on a given application and its materials, either MOPA fiber lasers, CO2 lasers, or UV lasers will be the best choice.
Guitars, both acoustic and electric, are primarily made from wood, with options found for poplar, walnut, basswood, maple, spruce, holly, Agathis, ash, alder, and mahogany. This is because wood provides excellent resonance for the sound produced by guitars, and is generally unmatched when compared to other materials.
Due to this composition, if you are looking to laser engrave guitar bodies, a CO2 laser marking system is the ideal choice. This is because these systems feature a laser that operates at a higher wavelength, making them suited for more delicate materials, such as wood.
Other areas of a guitar can get a bit more complicated, however. CO2 lasers are able to mark on plastic, such as that found in tuning knobs, sound adjustment knobs on electric guitars, and pickguards. CO2 lasers, however, are not suitable for marking on metals, such as the nickel or stainless steel found on a guitar’s frets. To mark on any metal surfaces, you would want to utilize a MOPA fiber laser, equipment that is also able to mark on plastic. MOPA fiber lasers are too powerful to mark on wood, however, which is why CO2 lasers are needed to produce laser engraved guitar bodies. For the less common carbon fiber guitar bodies, MOPA fiber lasers would be ideal.
Our line of CO2 and MOPA fiber laser systems includes the following units.
CO2 Laser Systems
MOPA Fiber Laser Systems
What Are Some Applications for Laser Engraving Guitar Bodies and Other Components
When it comes to laser engraving, the sky really is the limit, as you can engrave virtually anything you can think of. On the production side of things, laser engraving is often used to supply the following key information, assisting with traceability, part identification, and anti-counterfeiting measures:
- Part numbers
- 2D codes
- Bar codes
- Data codes
- Serial numbers
- Logos and branding information
For hobbyists and musicians, or for companies looking to appeal to these groups, laser engraving also excels at personalization, helping to make musical instruments one of a kind. Common applications include engraving:
- Band names and logos
- Personal messages and slogans
- Lyrics and album titles
- Intricate designs
All of these applications are modifiable within the laser marking software that comes standard with TYKMA Electrox units, giving you full control of your finished designs.
What Other Musical Instruments and Accessories Can Be Laser Marked and Engraved
Whether you are working with a CO2 laser or a MOPA fiber laser, you will be able to mark on a wide variety of products. Consult our post linked above for a breakdown on applicable materials for each type of laser system, but some applications include marking on:
- Brass instruments
- Woodwind instruments
- Stringed instruments
- Piano bodies and keys
- Drum kits
- Hard guitar cases and other cases
- Speakers and sound equipment
- Microphones and stands
- Vinyl records
What Are the Benefits of Creating a Laser Engraved Guitar Body?
Along with the traceability and anti-counterfeiting measures mentioned above, as well as the myriad possibilities for personalization, our systems for laser engraving guitars can deliver the following advantages:
- Permanent, high-quality marks that won’t fade or peel
- Precision and repeatability
- Low operation costs
- Faster output times than other marking methodologies
- No consumables used
- Machine lifespan of 100,000 hours
Plus, our team is always on hand to help! We can provide machine setup, laser safety training, repair services, troubleshooting, onsite preventative maintenance, and more. Our customer service also includes a 24/7 technical support line available 365 days a year.
Looking to Start Laser Engraving Guitars? Contact Us
If you have guitars or other musical instruments that could use clear, precise marks that will last, contact the team at TYKMA Electrox today. We’ll assess your needs and find the perfect system for you.