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Fender Mathmos

Fender Stratocaster with lava lamp body
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I was recently given a genuine Fender Stratocaster guitar neck with the idea that I will attach a body to it. My idea for this is to have a solid resin body, but filled with Mathmos Lava lamp liquid so that as the guitar is played and the liquid heats up, it can deliver the characteristic constantly changing pattern of lava lamp globules.

As it takes time for a Lava Lamp to become fully energised, the full effect will be generated after about an hour of playing.

When not in use, Fender Mathmos doubles up in full Lava Lamp mode as you chill out with insense burning and Brian Eno playing in the background.

Also under development - Saxaphone Mathmos

xenzag, Aug 11 2023

Mathmos https://mathmos.com...-silver/#violet-red
the original and the best [xenzag, Aug 11 2023]


       [+] extremely practical and eminently doable.   

       Practical considerations include:   

       - ensuring the mounting point for the bridge and pickups on the body is solid enough and well enough connected to the neck, this has a big effect on the sound and playability.   

       - working out the internal volumes to be balanced, to allow for maximum globular pattern variety. The pickups, bridge, control knobs, etc. all intrude into the interior void in some way so I would imagine you can go 2 ways: one is to have an internal course that encourages globule circulation, e.g. up the neck end and back down the bottom end; another is to have a blockage directly above the heat source so that the globules randomly go one side or the other. It would be possible to design this carefully so that different holding / playing / storage positions create different circulation patterns.   

       - positioning / disguise of heat source. Could be integrated into where the audio jack socket is. Should the light source be there also or should the thing be illuminated by concealed LEDs elsewhere in the structure?
pocmloc, Aug 11 2023

       I don't think it can run up the neck as this is so totally separate and needs to be adjustable with the truss rod etc.
xenzag, Aug 11 2023

       Yes, but which Brian Eno album is playing in the background? Here Come The Warm Jets?

(sp. "incense")
hippo, Aug 11 2023

       Now I want to retrofit my baritone ukulele.
Sgt Teacup, Aug 11 2023

       I meant the neck end of the body. I don't have the correct terminiligy for the different parts
pocmloc, Aug 11 2023

       Wouldn't the weight of all that liquid in the guitar make playing for an hour quite difficult? Hmmmm....
21 Quest, Aug 11 2023

       I don't think the liquid will weigh more than the basic body would without the contained Mathmos fluid and unmelted wax.
xenzag, Aug 11 2023

       Very 1970's. But cooler. Would go well with my plasma drumheads.
RayfordSteele, Aug 12 2023

       (+) I watched a video recently I think you'd like about pouring liquid oxygen into water which should sink as it is more dense, but instead it does this Leidenfrost effect thing on top and only sinks in globules which never quite reach the bottom before falling back upwards like an inverted lava lamp. It's pretty cool.   


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