Made at theCO with Paul Smoke


CO:member Paul Smoke, owner and founder of McLane Guitars uses the laser etcher at theCO to build and modify his custom-made guitar pick-up frames and pick guards. These are pieces he would typically buy online but realized that he could easily design a file to cut them out on the laser with acrylic. We’ve also been working with Paul as we get our CNC router up and running so he can use it for cutting out actual guitar bodies. Check out @attheCO on Instagram for a video of the first few tries! For more of his work, check out mclaneguitars.com or “McLane Guitars” on Facebook.

Paul pointing at pick-up frames on guitar

Paul pointing at pick-up frames on guitar

Paul holding pick guard

Paul holding pick guard

Pick guards made with the laser etcher 

Pick guards made with the laser etcher 

Pick guard

Pick guard


Samantha Curry is an intern, writer, editor, designer and the author of this piece.