Aristides Instruments is cultivating a new league of guitar heroes with revolutionary new guitars. Founder Aristides Poort and his team developed a new fiberglass material called Arium, new design approaches, and new methods of manufacturing guitars.
I am Timo Somers.
[21 years old.]
Born in Holland.
[I've been playing in a lot of bands][touring around the world, recording albums.
It is my passion.
I can't fully express myself with words and, you know, stuff like normal people do.][ when I grab a guitar, I think I can show all my emotions and everything, let it all out,]
SOT. Finishing another riff.
Up and under...
My name is][ Aristides Poort], and we're here at the factory of Aristides Instruments. ][located at the beautiful city of Haarlem. ][The Netherlands.
it has been a love relationship since I was quite young,] it's][such an amazing cultural icon, the guitar and the electric guitar]
[my background is engineering, and I've always been interested in the engineering side, the designing side, and also the musical side of this whole story, and, for me, it's just a mixing of arts, crafts, engineering, software.
Beginning of Timo's Tune "At Home" up and under...
Naut in V/O:
I was working already with PTC Creo][And I met somebody, and he said to me, "Well, I'm working on this guitar, but ][it cannot be drawn in a computer because it's a hand sanded model, it's a very complicated shape, it cannot be done." And it challenged me, and I said, "I can do that.
When I first saw Nout with the software, I thought, "Hey, who's that nerd over there?"
Music out....or way under
[We know what it was to do all of this handwork, and all of this tedious building][which is really][a difficult process, and, now, with PTC CREO I first saw it, it was, like, my eyes popped out.
monster run on guitar
The big difference between a wooden guitar and this guitar is that it comes out of a mold, an aluminum mold. And this mold, you cannot change it, it has to be perfect.][So you have to engineer everything in the computer. Till the last thousandth of a millimeter.
you can stitch these surfaces continuously together, and that's a very important tool for me with PTC Creo.
the computer model, as a starting point, is 100% copied into the mold So,there is no difference between the computer model and the actual guitar.
so this guitar is really dynamic,
and, ][ you can express yourself in many ways. [guitar playing] And you can turn it up a little bit. [guitar playing] And you can also, just, you know, hard rock riff
Timo's a real virtuoso par excellence. He's, like, a magician on the strings.
Or you can just go freaky with it.
And then go back to the whatever.
starting with an idea about a guitar, going into a design, going into a computer drawing, and actually with a lot of craftsmanship, going into the hands of the artist, it's pretty amazing to see.
Up :05 and under....
I played all over the world with
this guitar, and the fan response, always really good. They think -- the design is really, really cool, and for me, the best thing is, if they say it sounds amazing, what is it?
I think it has improved my playing in a way that I can fully express myself, especially in a live situation,
it's the main motivation of the whole journey. I mean, when you have somebody pick up your product and create this music with it, what better things can you do on this planet?
Music up and Under...
I think, classics are played by heroes, but maybe it's time to make new heroes with new, different guitars, and that maybe becomes a classic on its own.
Timo Sings: PTC CREO"
Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix motivated 12-year-old Aristides Poort to learn how to play guitar. But rather than pursue the life of a rock star, he grew up and went on to study civil engineering at the Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands.
"It was a very inspiring environment where we worked on futuristic projects to improve society," says Poort. But that doesn't mean he forgot his early musical heroes. Rather, after graduation he used his engineering skills to envision and build the ideal guitar.
Poort's dream guitar would have perfect tone and longer sustain. It would be electric, but it would resonate like a fine violin.
You might think those qualities have to be forced with electronic circuitry. But Poort says a truly great instrument gives off a warm and sweet-sounding hum unplugged, with very little buzzing through the body when you strike the strings.
Poort turned to the Technical University, his alma mater, to work on his visionary instrument.
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