The world’s first smash-proof guitar
Henrik Loikkanen, machining process developer at Sandvik Coromant, has been playing guitar since his youth when he idolized Malmsteen. But he’s never smashed one (“too expensive,” Loikkanen said). So, to understand what happens when Malmsteen destroys an instrument, Loikkanen turned to YouTube.
“We had to design a guitar that is unsmashable in all the different ways you can smash a guitar,” Loikkanen said. “The engineering challenge was that critical joint between the neck and the body that usually cracks on a guitar.” So Sandvik Coromant engineers decided to eliminate the joint. Both the neck and fretboard extended into a rectangular “hub” that would reach deep into the guitar’s body.
Because a scalloped fretboard allows Yngwie to control notes better, engineers had to cut away material in long, smooth arcs between the frets. To make the guitar as light as possible, Sandvik Coromant hollowed out the interior surfaces of the neck and fretboard.
“The height of each fret had to align perfectly, otherwise we would hear the strings touching some of the frets,” Loikkanen said.