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System Development Life Cycle

Astro Guitar Project


Daniel d'Entremont
4/22/2014

Table of contents:
System Request
Feasibility Study
Project Plan
Risk Assessment
Data Flow Diagram
Alternative Matrix
System Specifications
Design
Warranty Information

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Astro Guitar Project

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System Request Astro Guitar Project


Initiation of a new guitar design and build.
Project Sponsor: Daniel d'Entremont, Luthier
Business Need: This project has been initiated to increase business income,
and awareness of other products, by designing a new guitar and selling it to
customers. It will attract views to our website, and have people interested in our
business.
Business Requirement: The new guitar design will provide plans for luthiers to
build the Astro Guitar. It will provide detailed information as to sizes, wood
types, parts, wiring, and other various important aspects to the guitar. The guitar
will have a completely hollow body like an acoustic guitar, but the size of an
electric guitar, and it will have a hand carved arched top. The guitar will have two
humbuckers and an acoustic mic that the player will have the choice to mix
together, or send through a stereo cable to separate amps.
Business Value: This guitar will take 1 month to build, it will cost $700, it will
sell for $7 000. It will have the intangible value of increasing the customer base,
and widening the reach of our business. We will have added returning
customers as a result of this product. It will attract customers to our website to
see the one of a kind guitar.
Special Issues or Constraints: Given that the design will be new, it may take
longer than expected the first time to build.

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Feasibility Study:
Technical Feasibility:
Astro Guitar risk regarding the arched top is relatively low
Less experience with carving arched top guitars.
Need to buy various tools.
Research on structural integrity for the bracing.
Information is readily available for help with arched top guitars, and
information can be adapted for this project.
Astro Guitar risk regarding new wiring diagram.
Experience in reading, understanding, and implementing wiring diagrams.
Experience in designing electronic schematics for non guitar applications,
but less experience designing new wiring diagrams for guitars; testing will
be crucial.
Similar diagrams can be modified to attain the goal of this project.
Astro Guitar risk regarding integration of new design is low.
The first build will take longer than usual, due to understanding the new
design, and making templates. After the first build, other builds will take
approximately 1 month, and two weeks for the lacquer to dry.
Economical Feasibility:
Start up cost.
Initial cost for new tools:

$100

Cost per guitar.


Electronic pickups:
$400.00
Acoustic pickup:
$20.20
Electronic components: $40
Hardware:
$150
Wood:
$200
Other:
$50
Shipping and handling: $100
Total Cost per guitar:
$860.20
Sale Price:
$7 000.00
Profit:
$6 139.80
Hourly wage:
$25.58/hour

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Organizational Feasibility:
This project will fit in well with the organization, and it is a relatively low risk. This
project has been just a dream for a long time now, and has peaked many
peoples interest. If this guitar doesn't sell right away, it will attract attention and
possibly aid in the sales of other guitars.
Guitarist of many types will be interested in this guitar; it incorporates aspects of
many different guitars. Its electric pickups will attract the electric guitar players,
and its acoustic body will attract the acoustic guitar players. Any guitar player
with the desire for a dynamically sounding guitar will be interested in what this
guitar can offer.

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Project Plan:
Please see included MPP file for GANTT chart.

Calendar:

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Risk Assessment:

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Data Flow Diagram:

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Alternative Matrix:

System Specifications:

25.5 inch scale length


16 inch radius fretboard
Engelmann Spruce top
Flame Maple back
Flame Maple neck
Rosewood Fretboard
CTS 500k Pots
MJS Humbucker pickups
Acoustic Body
Arched top
Bolt on neck
Double action truss rod
Carbon fibre neck reinforcements

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Warranty information:
Warranty information is to be written out by a lawyer; this is a guide.

Manufactures defects: Defects caused by manufacturing problems will be fixed free.


Breaking: Breaks will not be covered, but will be fixed for a fee.
Set up: first set up is free, after that they are the going rate.
Maintenance: General maintenance is not covered, but is 20% off for the first year.

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