Montessori Guitar

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This guitar was created as a school project for the Junior Elementary class at Alcuin Montessori School in Oak Park, Illinois.

The body is made with custom-cut jigsaw puzzle pieces designed and painted by the students. These pieces were laminated onto the front and back of the guitar with additional plywood sandwiched between to make a full-thickness body. Slight incisions were made in the sides where the pieces join one another to create the illusion that the guitar was made from 1-3/4″-thick puzzle pieces.

Informed by the design aesthetic of Montessori materials made by Nienhuis, the body wood is Baltic birch plywood and the guitar is finished in clear lacquer. The result is a stunning patchwork of color and shape that would look right at home in a Montessori classroom.

  • Neck

    Bolt-on maple neck

  • Scale length


  • Fretboard


  • Headstock

    Ebony headstock veneer with wooden inlay of Montessori School logo

  • Body

    Baltic birch jigsaw puzzle plywood

  • Pickups

    Single soap bar P90

  • Bridge


  • Tailpiece


Specimen Custom Montessori Guitar

I attended Montessori School from pre-school through sixth grade. I have many fond memories of my experience there and feel that it continues to inform my work today.

Specimen Custom Montessori Guitar
Specimen Custom Montessori Guitar
Specimen Custom Montessori Guitar