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About this project

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The Praxis Zero

The Praxis Zero is a modular electric guitar that allows different elements to come together as a fully functional electric guitar. It was designed from the beginning to make custom guitars more affordable.

Multi-Layer Manufacturing.

The Layer Zero Praxis Zero - shown with bridge, strings, and tuners.

The Layer Zero of the Praxis Zero is an abstract geometrical relationship that allows for a physical interface between parts that can be easily fabricated entirely with low cost CNC machinery. If this Kickstarter reaches goal funding, The Praxis Zero Layer Zero coding will released as open source.

The Layer One Praxis Zero (Mantis Style)

Artistic elements, such as the "Mantis" body style, can be added to the Praxis Zero. The Layer One Mantis Style features an unique ergonomic faceted design. The center of balance on most Mantis Style Zeroes is centered roughly around the 22nd fret, but changes based on the materials used. If this production run sells out (@224 guitars) I will release the Mantis Style body under a Creative Commons-Non Commercial license so that anyone can build this guitar for themselves.

The Layer Two Praxis Zero (Burnt Mantis Style)If you are interested in creating your own artwork, you can purchase the Layer Two Praxis Zero - Burnt Mantis.

The Mantis Style Praxis Zero can be laser engraved with a second layer of graphic artwork. You can download the background file to draw your own graphics to be engraved with a high power laser. The goal here is to create a profitable market for external artwork.

"Harmonic Geometry" engraving by Andrew Benson.

"Faces" engraving by Phil Larson.

Knobs
Praxis Guitars is helping to prototype other methods of open source commerce through guitar knobs.
Knob Prototype #2

The data necessary to print this guitar knob can be downloaded for free from the thingiverse. The license on these files allows the user to physically replicate copies of the design for non-commercial uses. Commercially licensed copies of the knob can be bought from shapeways.

Knob Prototype #4 will be released exclusively through KickStarter. If you pledge at least $4, you will be sent the 3d file for knob prototype #4. Knob Prototype #4 comes with a completely free and open license; you are free to do with it as you like.

More information on Praxis Guitars can be found at:
praxisguitars
YouTube
Cnet.com
treehugger.com
thingiverse.com
shapeways.com
flickr.com
Denver Maker Group
you can also find Praxis Guitars on facebook.

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    Knob Prototype #4.
    You will be emailed the digital file for knob prototype #4 when it is released.

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    Mini Media Fun Pack! This reward will help pay for the public documentation of the Praxis Zero. This project has many metric bit tonnes of documentation covering thousands of hours, spanning several years. From this data set I will select the choicest photos and drawings, and swiftly send them to you via the same fantastical digital pathways that brought us together in the first place. Includes knob prototype #4.

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    Multimedia Fun Pack! This reward will help pay for acoustic testing. In addition to the Mini Media Fun pack, you will receive audio tracks and samples of the Praxis Zero. Use it to find your guitar's voice, or mix the samples into your digital music.

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    Mega Media Manufacturing Pack! An instructional package that teaches you how to produce Praxis Zero parts on your CNC router. Includes digital 3d models, process documentation, instructional videos, and samples of machine code. Requires: CAD/CAM software and CNC system capable of cutting wood and aluminum.

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    Layer Zero Praxis Zero. You will receive an assembled neck and aluminum frame. You can choose a neck profile, scale length, fretboard width, string spacing, and headstock shape. Strings, bridge, tuners and electronics are required for completion.

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    Pledge $784 or more About $784

    Layer One Praxis Zero (Mantis). You will receive a custom Praxis Zero with the "Mantis" body style. This is a fully featured, professionally built guitar. You can choose all of the options available to the Layer 0 guitar, plus an electronics configuration, string height setup, and custom laser engraved aluminum back cover plate. Multiple finishes available.

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    Pledge $1,860 or more About $1,860

    Layer Two Praxis Zero (Burnt Mantis). You get a custom Praxis Zero with the Mantis body style, much like the layer 1 guitar - except that the face plates of this guitar are transformed with a high powered laser into a 3 dimensional relief carving. You can submit your own laser carving design, or choose one from the Praxis Guitars library.

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Funding period

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