This Guy Made a 38-Fret Guitar So You Don't Have To

Though we recently put a list of the ultimate shred machines together, did we perhaps miss the greatest one of all?

Wanting to see if he could create a soprano guitar, Kevin from Said Too Much Productions took it upon himself to 3D-print a 38-fret fingerboard, with the ultimate goal of hitting the C8 note at the high end of a piano. 

Having already built an alto guitar (tuned one-fourth higher), Kevin took that instrument, removed its neck and middle pickups and added a removable PLA plastic fretboard.

The fretboard does work, though the highest notes can only be fretted with a thumbnail or another pick.

So much for octave pedals, eh?   

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.