I am currently in the making of a revamped take on Haruko Haruhara cosplay, which will include the Guitar which she takes with her at the end of the series. The costume is easy enough having made many costumes in the past for theater, but the guitar... a beast entirely of its own.
For those not familiar with the Anime or Manga, Haruko is a wild, spontaneous, spunky, and strong female character that is neither hero nor villain. Rather her ambitions just happen to include keeping our world live long enough for her to retrieve the fugitive Atomsk from the Medical Mechania (an organization bent on making the galaxy dumb). To get deep into the story would be complicated and a bit convoluted to put into words. Really, it's easier to just watch the six episodes.
When looking at cosplay for this character I have not seen any pictures with her and the double neck guitar she leaves earth with at the end of the series, so I decided to take the costume to a different level. A shorter jacket and a tighter fit costume with all the colors and sass that people associate with Haruko. The guitar is a combination of Atomsk's 1961 Gibson EB-0 and Nouta's 1970's Gibson Flying V. In the anime, the guitars are used as a weapon or "bat" able to split bullets in half and open wormholes to other dimensions. If they can get guitars and bag pipes to spew fire when you hit a certain note how hard could this be?... Right?
The hardest part is measurement. The closer you are to the thousandth of a decimal the better the sound and performance of a guitar. All the equations in the world are no help without having the tools with those precise measurements. So I am not sure how good the sound will be when I am done. For the time being I will make a toy model just to make sure I can get most everything to fit together properly. No sound (except for the toy chainsaw), but perhaps someday it will play like a real guitar.
After much reading I needed to get components together. The easiest was the spinning part on the back of the guitar. I went to toy stores and found a child's chain saw to make the motor, only this one has lights too (woo!). After taking it apart and figuring out how it worked I started to gather the rest of the components. Then it was time to draw the design. Measure. Measure. Measure. It was easier to get the actual parts verses taking pictures from books and hoping that they were at least close to what would be used on the original models. Then there are some parts that I’m just guessing on but small things like the body curves. Then again the body is more or less just for show. A guitar can function without one it’s mainly the neck, the frets, the scale and the pickups that make a guitar.
After the body was set I got to work on firing mechanism of the necks at least for this toy model guitar. The finished one will have an attachable gun rather than one built in so there is room for the truss rods. Beginning with a toy gun from the dollar store and took it apart found out how it would work, and then how big in the neck was in 3 dimensions. The projectile will go where the truss rod normally would be and fire out from the center of the head stock. Each neck will only be able to fire one projectile at a time but the missiles I found are hallow so a little confetti and talcum powder can make a bit of an impression.
With all measurements and drawing complete it is time to start cutting. This is on the fence at the moment since we are still in the process of moving into the new house. Some of the cutting tools like the table saw are still in storage and it will be a few weeks before we can get them back. See how I finish this project in the sequel posting date yet to be determined.