• The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

    The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

    As a wannabe guitarist, I find that the hardest thing to do is sit down and actually play guitar. When I first saw the Jamstik, a five-fret mini electronic guitar, I was impressed. It was about as big as a sub bun and featured strings that never had to be tuned. To play it you simply chorded and strummed as usual and you could transmit your MIDI-translated noodlings to a mobile app or your… Read More

  • The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    Are you ready to amp up your acoustic guitar to the MAXXXX? The ToneWoodAmp has got you covered. This surprisingly cool Kickstarter project is essentially a speaker that takes the sound coming in from your acoustic guitar, modifies it, and then reproduces it automatically so you can hear it out of the guitar body. It’s great for folks who might not have access to effects pedals or a… Read More

  • Riffstation Play Makes It Easy To Play Along With YouTube Music Videos

    Riffstation Play Makes It Easy To Play Along With YouTube Music Videos

    Attention lonely teenagers and the musically proficient adults they become: you can now learn to play any song on YouTube using one of the simplest interfaces I’ve seen in a while. Called Riffstation Play, it is an online app by the makers of Riffstation that gives you the chords and notes for almost any song on the Internet. Read More

  • Capo 3 Released, Allows Guitarists To Learn Hot Licks And Cool Jams

    Capo 3 Released, Allows Guitarists To Learn Hot Licks And Cool Jams

    As TechCrunch’s resident guitarist/horrible guitarist, I enjoy apps like Capo. The $29 program allows you to “reverse engineer” any song in your iTunes library, allowing you to play along by marking out your own tablature, playing the chords the app senses in the music, or by looping and slowing down tricky parts of the song. Read More

  • Teenage Musician Uses The Crowdfunded Loog Guitar To Crowdfund Her Album

    Teenage Musician Uses The Crowdfunded Loog Guitar To Crowdfund Her Album

    When we last left off with the Loog Guitar by Rafael Atijas it had blown past its funding goals on Kickstarter in early 2011 and shipped with much fanfare making it one of the first successful Kickstarter projects on our radar. In the interim it’s become a mini-phenomenon and, most important, people have started using the three-stringed instruments to record albums. Read More

  • Zivix Jamstik MIDI Guitar Demo at CES 2013

    The Zivix Jamstik Is An Absolutely Amazing Portable MIDI Guitar For Beginners And Pros

    The surprisingly small and light Jamstik is, in short, one of the coolest things I’ve seen at CES Today. It is a MIDI guitar that is actually a musical controller. By playing and plucking the strings you can play music using synthesized sounds and it recognizes chords, notes, and nuances including bends and hammers. Read More

  • Jammit Lets Budding Rock Stars Play Along With, Isolate, And Record Over The “Masters”

    Jammit Lets Budding Rock Stars Play Along With, Isolate, And Record Over The “Masters”

    While magical mobile devices are able to simulate instruments in wild and mind-blowing ways, thankfully most people stick to the actual instruments themselves when learning to play. Arguably, a better (or at least more popular) use for mobile devices is to act not as the instrument itself, but as an educational aid — a tool that helps us to learn how to play our favorite instruments. Read More

  • Pedal Power: Two Empress Guitar Pedal Reviews For Knob Twiddlers

    Pedal Power: Two Empress Guitar Pedal Reviews For Knob Twiddlers

    I love analog tech and I love analog sound. That’s why I wrote up these two basic reviews of two Empress analog pedals for guitarists sick of bleeps and bloops and color LCD read-outs. I added a few video demos, as well, but I was able to play with this gear for a while in my own home studio and came away quite pleased. Empress Phaser Pedal Empress’ phaser pedal packs a lot of… Read More

  • Review: The Fretlight FG-421 Guitar

    Years ago I thought I could be in a rock band (right around the same time I thought I could make money writing poetry) but I eventually resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be a great guitarist. I didn’t have the drive to practice and the act of soloing confounded me completely. How did you play along with the Zep and the Beatles? How do you get great? How do you meet groupies? Read More

  • KR1 Is One Wild Guitar Synth

    This video of the KR1, Kevin Rupp’s hand-made guitar synth based on the Zoybar platform is pretty darn wild. It features a Line 6 Pocket Pod, a Line 6 Relay G30 wireless transmitter, a Korg Kaossilator Pro Synth Loop station, and Sanyo Pedal Juice re-chargeable battery. You can record and play over multiple loops and drum fills and then solo over them like a boss. Read More

  • The Loog Three-Stringed Guitar: You Know, For Kids

    Another day, another three-stringed guitar on Kickstarter. This instrument comes to us courtesy of Rafael Atijas and started out as a thesis project at NYU. It is a simple, 3-string guitar for kids that is tuned to open chords and allows you to strum up and down the neck without having to perform many fretting maneuvers. The guitar comes unassembled and includes an instruction book. The… Read More

  • Sex Sells: Gibson 1976 Les Paul Custom

    Those wacky Aussies! Apparently the heat has gotten to “Koolguitar” because he (or she, to be fair) has decided to sell a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom, which it super rare. I’m not so sure about the guitar (however it is up to $5,400 at the time of this post), but the first picture he’s using to post is certainly rare. Since it’s kinda NSFW, I’ll put it up… Read More

  • Review: Guitar World Lick Of The Day for iOS

    Guitar World Magazine and Agile Partners launch a new and pretty straight forward iOS app today called Guitar World Lick Of The Day. As the name suggests, the app delivers a new guitar “lick”, in the form of a video lesson, every day through a monthly subscription service. The app itself is free and comes pre-populated with several free licks so you can try it out first. You can… Read More

  • Paper Jamz Guitar Torn Down

    If you recall, Paper Jamz instruments allow kids and adults alike to play music using what amounts to a paper guitar. But how does it work? Basically you have a set of touch sensitive switches under a paper surface. To get at it, the haxors at EDN had to soak the thing in the tub for a while. Read More

  • The Dusk Tiger From Gibson All But Plays Itself

    KARANG! We who are about to spend $4,150 on a guitar salute you! The Dusk Tiger from Gibson is a sexy piece of kit that includes next-gen tuning technology that allows you to almost instantly retune your guitar in any configuration while controlling the sound and modeling right from the knob bank. The bridge actually senses the tension and tuning of the string while the internal electronics… Read More

  • Review: Hands-On with AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

    IK Multimedia released an update to their AmpliTube iOS app today in the iTunes App Store. We reviewed the first version of the app and its necessary iRig hardware dongle back in July. It’s a worthy and early entrant into the emerging arena for native app-based recording on touch-enabled mobile devices. Version 2 of this iOS app is a free upgrade for previous installs and offers a… Read More

  • Review: Castiv Guitar Sidekick iPhone Attachment

    You would think that attaching a cell phone to a guitar would have been something people jumped on in the early days of wireless. Of course, using a flip phone wouldn’t have been practical, so what the world was really waiting for was the iPhone. Castiv is one of the first, if not the first company to manufacture a device that attaches your iPhone to your guitar. I will admit to… Read More

  • For Those About To Rock, We Offer You An iPhone-Controlled Guitar

    Rob Morris just showed me this very cool gestural guitar interface that allows you to control a guitar with your iPhone. You can modify the sound by moving the guitar around (think Star Power in Guitar Hero) and you can even shred on the iPhone while the guitar twangs away. No, you can’t buy one. And Rob’s not selling his rig. Read More

  • Palmer Pocket Amp Saves You Some Heavy Lugging

    Tired of carrying your 4×12 cabinet and/or amp? No more lugging for you. The Pocket Amp from Palmer is a great solution to be a truly mobile guitarist. This little box has XLR and headphone outputs so you can do some practice on your own and hook yourself up to a PA system without having that awful sound when you connect directly. Read More

  • Review: AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK

    In the course of any guitarist’s life, there will be some point where they come into contact with a product manufactured by Peavey. And if that 80s retro logo, complete with pointy-angled letters, bestows itself upon your amp on stage it will either be a source of embarrassment or a badge of honor, depending on your design tastes and sound needs. While I took the logo off it long ago, I… Read More

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