Bass guitar

West Hartford Student Matches Classroom Skills and Builds a Bass Guitar – We-Ha

A Conard student went above and beyond for a self-directed project in one of his classes, making a homemade electric bass guitar.

Ibrahim Koraishy with the bass he created as part of a class project at Lycée Conard. Courtesy picture

By Clara Sorkin and Baylee Krulewitz

Graphic Design and Photography is a course offered at Conard and Hall High Schools in West Hartford, where students have the option of screen printing, using advanced computer design programs, or working with photo and video capture devices from high technology. The class uses a self-directed learning model, which gives students independence in exploring the many mediums and forms of technology available to them.

Many students make posters, digital art, or explore laser cutting. However, for Conard’s senior Ibrahim Koraishy, ​​the course was an opportunity to take on a unique and large-scale project: a homemade bass guitar.

The blue bass guitar that Ibrahim Koraishy created as part of a class project at Conard high school. Courtesy picture

As a member of Conard’s Jazz Ensemble, Ibrahim has always had a special interest in music. Specifically, he likes the bass guitar. But a good Fender bass guitar (Koraishy’s favorite type) can cost around $600. So when he found out that his Graphic Design II teacher James Genovese, who also happens to be the Manufacturing Technology and Woodworking teacher, had worked on instrument building in the past, Ibrahim decided to do things his own way and spent his year creating his very own bass guitar.

The project was challenging for Ibrahim, spanning from October 2021 until the end of the school year in 2022. The first step was to create the design for the laser cutting machine. Koraishy drew the layout of the guitar in Adobe Illustrator using a special .DFX (Drawing Exchange Format) file, then left the cutting to the CNC machine. After several foam and cardboard prototypes, the final guitar body could eventually be made from several types of wood.

Around February, Ibrahim was able to cut the shape of the guitar out of a block of wood. Considering he went into this project with no prior knowledge of woodworking, Koraishy made great strides with his project, often having to stay late in class to finish what he was working on.

For the next three months, Ibrahim sanded the guitar by hand, having to rely on the extensive research he had done on similar projects, considering it to be the first bass guitar project his teacher had worked on. had worked.

Reflecting on the project, Ibrahim mentioned that it “was very measurement-based” and participating in this blind project was a great learning experience.

After working on the guitar for most of the school year, Ibrahim is now able to show off his hard work: a beautifully stylish Paris Blue Jazz Bass guitar. He describes the guitar as having a “different kind of sound” from his past instruments, sounding more distinct, powerful and playing with a punchy sound.

Ibrahim Koraishy with the bass he created as part of a class project at Lycée Conard. Courtesy picture

And while Ibrahim reflects on how he admires the imperfections in his guitar because they show the hard work he put into the project, he still has work to do. This summer, he worked on making a video about his project, showing the long process from start to finish.

For Ibrahim, plans for the upcoming school year include taking the Graphic Design Capstone course offered at Conard, but he says he’ll likely focus on a smaller project, like designing logos or other digital media. .

For students interested in similar projects, Ibrahim recommends the project, sharing that it’s a tough undertaking, but worth it – as long as you’re willing to put in the effort.

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