About the lab
It’s not just what we’re doing: it’s about what you want to do! The Electric Guitar Innovation Lab (EGIL) explores opportunities for research, innovation, and education related to the electric guitar and the various components associated with the electric guitar including instrument design and modification, amplifiers, pickups, effects processors, and more. In addition to our own research trajectory, we work with musicians and companies to develop prototypes, explore proof-of-concept ideas, and much more! The lab is part of the research of V.J. Manzo , Associate Professor of Music at WPI and Principal Investigator (PI), and the efforts of the EGIL, therein, include collaborations with faculty, research affiliates, students and Lab RATs, and other key personnel as well as external
professional musicians and
innovators from the musical instruments industry
. We are proud members of the Guild of American Luthiers, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and other organizations with a focus on stringed-instrument innovation.
If you have an idea that you would like to work on with us, please let us know; we regularly work with project sponsors to develop prototypes, proof-of-concept designs, and research experiments, and we'd be happy to discuss our sponsorship fees and IP protections based on the scope of your project.
Who We Are
Through the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab, WPI students and faculty work together in a variety of interdisciplinary and open-ended projects to develop new innovations related to the electric guitar, including the modification to instruments and components, stompboxes and other effects processors, amplifiers and speaker components, and related inventions and adaptations. We routinely reverse-engineer , 3D model , 3D scan , program and adapt existing parts and tools, and then create tool-pathing operations, fabricate parts, and perform real-world and software-based simulations.
What We Do
The projects we explore typically originate from real-world issues and obstacles guitarists face on stage and in the studio. We address these problems and often partner with key individuals from industry to create new areas of innovation. These sponsors include luthiers, engineers, manufacturers, and more.
We are always looking to collaborate with new project sponsors. The EGIL works with individual artists, non-profits, and companies to explore areas of specialized interest and develop new technology. These projects also present opportunities for students to gain real-world experience under advisement of the lab at PI.