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Yvonne Carts-Powell

Lasers help make guitars.

Scatterings imageA computer controls the position of the laser in the guitar-cutting machine. Inset: The laser creates delicate soundboard holes in a guitar.

Perhaps no musical instrument is as ubiquitous in American life as the guitar, and Taylor Guitars (El Cajon, Calif., U.S.A.) has brought music to many homes. In the company’s workshop, lasers have helped make the guitars since 1999. Engineering Services Manager Mike Mosley explains that machines that incorporate 200-W carbon dioxide lasers are used to cut the tops, backs and sides of the guitars.

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Publish Date: 01 May 2009

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