GUITAR MAKING CNC ROUTERS
CNC Routers for Guitar Shops
Since 1986, Techno CNC has been perfecting the balance between low cost and high quality CNC routers. Our CNC router models are the culmination of over 30 years of design and field experience. With many repeat customers, Techno continues to bring things up to the next level of performance. Techno provides affordable CNC routers that handle production, require little maintenance, and typically give 15 to 20 years of service.
The Perfect CNC Routers for Guitar Making
We have a variety of CNC router models that are perfect for custom guitar making shops.
The Titan Series is the best option for larger guitar shops looking to invest in a CNC machine for guitar making. Many of our guitar customers own this CNC router and have loved the versatility of this router. You can design and route guitar necks and other pieces for custom guitar building with this one CNC router. The Titan Series comes equipped with an automatic tool changer spindle, perfect for easy tool changes for guitar manufacturing. This CNC router model allows craftsmen to make deep cuts with a variety of necessary tools, without having to change tools by hand.
Small shop guitar makers are most interested in our HD-II Table Top and Atlas Series CNC’s because of their lower cost, small size, and ease of use. The HD-II Table Top allows for cutting parts up to 20”x34” and the Atlas comes as a 4×4 and 4×8 size. They both have a raised gantry clearance of 7.5” to accommodate fixturing and the routing of parts that need more height, like acoustic guitar neck heels and angled headstocks. The HD-II Table Top machine will run on single phase electric, so it is easy to wire it in and get running. The Atlas Series CNC machine can be configured for 3 phase or single phase. The HD-II Table Top is equipped with a 2 horsepower HSD spindle, and the Atlas with a 4 hp HSD spindle. Both will cut hardwoods with ease and are great for inlay work. The steel construction allows for aggressive and accurate cuts and clean finishes. The machine beds are a combination vacuum table and aluminum T-slot table.
GUITAR MAKING CNC MACHINES
The Titan Series
The Titan Series machine is all steel construction, providing the rigid foundation required for ultra-smooth routing results. The Titan machine includes a 12HP HSD automatic tool changer with 8-position tool rack, and a pneumatically operated dust collection hood that concentrates air flow at the cutter, which provides optimal dust collection performance. The multi-zone vacuum t-slot table is constructed from very hard Phenolic, which is very stable material, and holds tight tolerances for precision cutting. The Titan series is connected to a 10HP Rotary vane vacuum pump, which has very quiet operation (82db). For easy sheet alignment, (3) material pop-up pins are included and precisely placed to handle and align various size materials. The Titan series is powered by brushless drive motors, and is controlled via easy to use and learn hand held controller.
The Atlas Series
The Atlas Series machine is all steel construction providing the rigid foundation required for ultra-smooth routing results. The Atlas machine includes a 4HP HSD collet spindle. This CNC router model includes a dust hood that has concentrated air flow at the cutter, which provides optimal dust collection performance. The multi-zone vacuum t-slot table is constructed from very hard Phenolic, which is very stable material, and holds tight tolerances for precision cutting. The Atlas Series is connected to a 10HP Rotary vane vacuum pump, which has very quiet operation (82db). The Atlas series is powered by brushless drive motors, and is controlled via easy to use and learn hand held controller.
The HD II Tabletop Series
From one guitar-making expert to another
why guitar shops should incorporate cnc machinery into their work shops
“Consistency is key when it comes to guitar building. We try to build our guitars as accurately as possible, and there is no way to rush through that. A CNC isn’t a replacement for all hand work, but it’s an important way to free up hands for more important steps in the build process. For example, a rosette in a guitar isn’t a necessary component for the mechanic of the guitar, but it sure makes a great selling point for a maker when their inlays are beyond the norm. Rather than spending hours cutting inlay pieces and even longer cutting pockets to accept your inlays, we have our Techno CNC router do it. While the machine is cutting, the builder can be getting brace kits ready to brace the top, bending, laminating sides, etc. When it comes to electric guitars, a CNC is a no brainer for obvious reasons. On top of the guitar production aspect of it, a CNC router is great for tool making. Many of the builders in our shop are capable of drawing cauls and jigs they need, in order to make their guitars easier to build. They give me a file, I CAM it and minutes later they have a highly accurate tool that’ll last them a lifetime. People are always looking for guitar parts, as well. Repairs for old acoustic guitars is a business in itself, and the CNC router allows for that kind of tool creation. So even if someone had a machine in their shop to make replacement parts for repairs it’s a valuable asset to them and their customers. I even use our Techno CNC router for tasks that would be difficult for one person to do with a saw. Like cutting up 4×8 into 2x4s. I also feel like it’s becoming more and more accepted in the guitar industry because CNC’s are much more affordable than they ever have been, and there is a whole lot more resources to learn how to do it. I even teach a course on it now.”