So a few months back, AMD approached me about building a PC into an acoustic guitar. After some email correspondence and an informative phone call, we settled on TWO acoustic guitars that will be on display along with a modded drum set (done by another modder). These guitar PCs would be powered by AMD's newest FM2 series APU which just launched. Being under NDA, I couldn't divulge any part of the work in progress until now.
So without further adieu, I present the AMD Guitar PC build log!
Once the concept was finalized, I immediately set out to find some inexpensive donor guitars I could mod. However, all the guitars I came across in the local classifieds and on places like ebay and craigslist were still fairly pricey, and it was impossible to find two exactly the same. So I turned to other online sources and found an unassembled guitar kit for $150. The body was unfinished and no hardware mounted. A perfectly clean slate to start with!
Here's a quick shot of some components that will be going into the guitars...
First thing was to cut out the back to gain access to the inside. I took my compass and scribed a cut line about 1/4" from the edge.
I used my jigsaw to cut through the back. The material is fairly thin so I used a very high tpi blade for a smooth cut.
With the back opened up, I could see all the reinforcement the body has. Most of this will have to be removed to make room for all the hardware.
But along with removing material, I had to add more back in for strength and for securing the back piece back on! So six blocks were glued in so the back could be screwed back on.
After some logistical planning, I decided that most of the hardware will be mounted on the back panel, so it would be easy to take apart. So I started marking out component placement, and adding spacers and more bracing.
Here's the slot-loading DVD drive in place.
After positioning the drive, I could make the cut for the slot.
Some filing and sanding, and the disc fits nicely through the guitar wall.
I cut out a piece of sheet aluminum for the motherboard tray, which also helps keep the DVD drive in place.
ECS provided the motherboards for this project. Here I'm placing their new A75 board which is just narrow enough to fit inside the guitar body.
A close up of the DVD drive sandwiched nicely underneath the tray.
The SSD drive is also mounted underneath the motherboard tray. Notches were cut in the bracing, and wood blocks were added to keep it from sliding around.
Next up, I'll show the modifications I had to do to the power supply, and subsequent wiring.
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