guitar

  • Guitar/headphone interface for iPhone

    Guitar/headphone interface for iPhone

    The slew of music recording / creation apps for the iPhone all share the same weakness. They rely on the internal microphone, and a recording quality microphone it is not. The Guitarbud from PRS Guitars gives you a direct input into your iDevice without taking away headphone capability. Read More

  • I got my first real six-string/ Bought it to play Guitar Hero

    I got my first real six-string/ Bought it to play Guitar Hero

    The original complaint about music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band is that they convinced kids that playing the guitar was actually easy. A few taps, a few strums and you sounded like Jack White or Ozzy, right? Well Powergig wants to change that perception by offering a real six-string guitar that you can really play and, with the flip of a switch, you can dampen the strings and strum along… Read More

  • i-tab digital tablature reader

    i-tab digital tablature reader

    Its a proven fact that playing guitar will get you chicks. Unfortunately, by the time you actually put in the time to stop sucking at it, most of the chicks are gone. The i-tab will have you playing pop songs in no time, its up to you whether or not you look like a putz while doing so. Read More

  • SMASH: Electric guitar made just to get destroyed, then recycled

    SMASH: Electric guitar made just to get destroyed, then recycled

    I don't know how to begin this, so I'll get right to it: A Japanese company called K's Japan is offering an "electric guitar" [JP] that's just made to get destroyed. And, after you smashed the thing to bits, you can recycle it. So what we have here is a "destroyable price and recyclable system" (K's Japan's official tag line), which is ideal for guitarists who want to look cool without sacrificing… Read More

  • Virtual guitar pedalboard interface

    Virtual guitar pedalboard interface

    If you have a friend who is a “serious” guitarist, you probably know how they love to show off their pedal collection. A dizzying array of brightly colored metal housings that more often than not, they don’t know exactly how they all work. Dave Verlee from the University of Illinois has cooked up a really cool virtual pedalboard using a wiimote and custom “toe-mouse.”… Read More

  • Those about to rock, we encourage you to recompile your Linux kernel

    This crazy guitar is actually an open source MIDI system using a sexy touchscreen with multi-touch and reactive fretboard. The result? Let's just say while you probably won't get much cherry pie playing this thing, the guys at Information Society will definitely invite you into their trailer at the Iowa State Fair this year. Read More

  • Vox amPlug headphone amps

    Vox amPlug headphone amps

    It's a well known fact of life that creativity flows better when the sun is down. The best essays are written the night before class, the best coding is done at 2 AM, and the best music is written when everyone else would rather sleep. VOX's series of headphone amps allow you to rock out without your neighbors calling the police. Read More

  • Altec Lansing announces Rock Band speakers

    Altec Lansing announces Rock Band speakers

    Why be a video game rockstar if you can't hear it? Have you always wanted to put your foot on something while you power chord-ed your way to stardom? For those of you who are using the stock speakers in your TV to play Rock Band, Guitar Hero, or Harmonica Hero, first off, shame on you. Read More

  • Mellotron on a guitar

    Mellotron on a guitar

    Listen to this amazing EFX Effectology demo and tell me it’s not amazing. Essentially the guitarist, Bill Ruppert, is recreating the classic proto-sampler sound of the Mellotron with a few stompboxes and some carefully calibrated presets. The results, in the beginning, are amazing: He essentially recreated the first notes of Strawberry Fields Forever on a guitar. Click through to see how a… Read More

  • iShred: To those about to rock, don't do it on the subway or next to me at the DMV

    iShred: To those about to rock, don't do it on the subway or next to me at the DMV

    iShred looks like an iPhone guitar app that actually looks usable, assigning chords to buttons at the top of the screen which are then played with a strum of the strings. Best of all, the system has a set of stompboxes for your amping pleasure including tremelo and looping. Overdrive, anyone? Read More

 
  • ‘Maestro’ guitar concept turns music files into laser-projected fretboard markings

    ‘Maestro’ guitar concept turns music files into laser-projected fretboard markings

    Ask any budding guitarist what the hardest thing about playing guitar is and you’ll likely hear, “Making my fingers go on the part where they’re supposed to go and pressing down on the string in the finger spot where the criss-crossey thing isn’t right under my finger but the flat part that doesn’t have the metal criss-cross thing there, but in between the two metal things where… Read More

  • Video Review: Eventide ModFactor and TimeFactor

    The TimeFactor and the ModFactor are two stompboxes from Eventide that I got a chance to try over the past few weeks. I love audio gear - I'm not good at using it in practice, but it's nice to know it's out there - so these were are kinds of fun. Read More

  • Wireless midi guitar is not really a guitar

    I like the idea of controlling synthesizers with my guitar. It would be so great to do some sick solos with the sound of my Virus. Read More

  • Rage Wireless Guitar recalled for acid leaks

    Rage Wireless Guitar recalled for acid leaks

    57,000 Rage Wireless Guitars were sold to date and now the Chinese-made Guitar Hero axe is being recalled. Allegedly, if an user installs the AA batteries incorrectly, a circuit board malfunctions causing acid to leak and the world to implode. Owners are asked to return the dangerous guitars to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Maybe you can apply $40 to $60 refund to… Read More

  • Fender Bender: It's not a guitar anymore

    Fender Bender: It's not a guitar anymore

    This old girl has been stripped of all over component parts, hollowed out and filled with a CPU and lots of cool audio circuitry. The result? The Fender Bender, more machine than guitar, more monster than musical instrument. The creator, Dan, even made a pickguard out of an old motherboard, soldering out each resistor with a burning cigarette that he held in his mouth threateningly. It appears… Read More

  • Hands on with the Peak Guitar Hero guitar

    Hands on with the Peak Guitar Hero guitar

    We talked about the Peak controller last month and now it’s making the rounds. We were lucky enough to get a thorough hands on and I’m happy to report that if you don’t like strum games like Guitar Hero the Peak could help you change your mind. The guitar is styled on a full-sized electric with wooden neck and a nice strap. There are higher and lower buttons along with a Star… Read More

  • Samurai Kyomoto – A guitar that only a Japanese rock star can love

    Samurai Kyomoto – A guitar that only a Japanese rock star can love

    Made out of hard maple and ebony, the only thing we have to say about this 22 fret guitar is WTF. Oh, and that purple handle is a real life Samurai sword for hardcore crowd control. You can’t buy the guitar either; it was only built for Masaki Kyomoto. Sorry. Click through for some lovely pics. ESPguitars via Monmons Gadgets Read More

  • TASCAM's GT-R1 lets you play the guitar/bass poorly wherever you are

    TASCAM's GT-R1 lets you play the guitar/bass poorly wherever you are

    Like many of that age, my junior high self was completely convinced that a guitar was an instant ticket to Awesomeville. I’d learn a chord or two and find myself surrounded by groupies and body guards, my only responsibility being finding new places to put my piles of money. Life would be easy. Turns out, I couldn’t play the guitar for crap. If I had TASCAM’s GT-R1, it all would… Read More

  • 'N-Tune' keeps your guitar in tune, get it?

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2428099895122454679&hl=en The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (I’m still not convinced that’s a real word) is running a bit on a new built-in guitar tuning doodad. New in the sense that it’s a new product but not new in the sense that foot pedal tuners or Gibson’s robot guitar have filled the tune-your-guitar-easily void for a… Read More

  • iPhone guitar – quick, someone tell me if this works

    iPhone guitar – quick, someone tell me if this works

    I don’t have a JesusPhone, so I can’t say for sure, but this thing looks mighty cool. I don’t think you’re going to be hitting Van Halen heights of guitar heroism with it, but you might be able to get to Family Guy “douchebag” levels. Someone install this right now and tell us all if it works. It’s been tested with 1.1.1 but as I believe we are somewhat… Read More