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Electronic Rock Guitar Bag Plays Music

Posted in Apparel by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Most bags just hold stuff and that’s it. They do their job and nothing more. Well, ThinkGeek has a new offering that puts a playable instrument on it. It’s called the Electronic Rock Guitar Bag. The name says it all. This bag plays music.

The music plays through a little amplifier that you can hang on the front of the bag. How cool is that? The guitar is played by swiping your thumb across the strings on the bottom and you can make real chords on the neck. The bag has room for up to a 17-inch laptop and has two large pockets and six small pockets with a zippered phone pouch.

PC Guitar mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Remember that Atari in a guitar hero guitar that I made awhile back? Well, here someone has crammed a full PC inside of an actual guitar. This mod comes from Journaldugeek user Joss.

Joss squeezed in a Intel Quad Core Q6700, Asus motherboard, 4 Gigs of RAM, 80GB raid, a MSI 8800 GTX graphics card and a 650W PSU Thermaltake Blue Evo power supply in a low range Ibiza guitar. Playing PC games on this thing would be very fun.

Wireless Hyper Touch Guitar

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

The Wireless Hyper Touch Guitar was delivered to our time by some roadie aliens from a distant future, in order to rock our world….Actually it’s just a concept, but a damn sexy one, from Max Battaglia. It has a sleek and sexy exterior, but the awesome part is its wireless/stringless neck and fretboard.

It doesn’t use steel strings, instead it has a multi touch screen that has a bunch of modular features. So the player can adjust the guitar according to his/her own wants/needs. We hope this one becomes a reality very soon.

Misa Kitara Digital Stringless Guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

The Misa Kitara Digital Stringless Guitar is now available for pre-order if you want to be all “Look ma, no strings!”. This futuristic instrument includes a multifunction touchscreen, MIDI controls and an on-board polyphonic synthesizer with effects, allowing guitarists to fully express their musical vision without a single string.

You control sound through your fingers, using the touchscreen and fret board to play and alter sounds in real-time. It’s powered by a Linux OS and also has a 1.25-inch audio output, a 3.5-mm headphone out and comes with 100+ digital sounds, 6 pre-loaded effects, 24 frets and 144 notes.

Rock Lock protects your guitar from thieves

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Guitar theft is apparently an epidemic and the Rock Lock Company wants to put an end to it and protect guitars everywhere. The lock is basically a buckle that snaps around your guitar neck, then you loop it around something immobile and lock it into place. Just like how you protect your bike.

It will cost you $49.99 and you can pre-order it now with free shipping. It’s a small price to pay to protect an expensive instrument.

NEXiLUX Guitar Controller

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

This guitar hero controller is perfect for the player that shuttles his instrument back and forth between home and various friends homes. The NEXiLUX wireless guitar controller breaks down into just a few pieces and fits neatly inside a bag.

It’s compatible with the PS3 or PS2, but you can also slide a Wii-mote inside of it and use it with your Wii. The makers also claim that it has more responsive fret buttons than the cheap controllers that ship with the games. If you prefer touch over buttons, there’s a set of five touch-sensitive fret buttons too.

Millennium Falcon Guitar rocks the Cantina

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

We’ve seen some sweet ass guitars round these parts, but nothing compares to this Millenium Falcon guitar. It was created by one Travis S, who knows how to meld guitar with ship like a true master.

This thing may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. It even lights up just like the real Falcon. Now all he needs is some alien friends with saxophones and he can rock the Cantina with this thing. It is fully functional.


The Smartphone Guitar

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010

This guy created a music app and installed it on multiple Android and WinMo phones, and even an iPod Touch. Then taped them together to make a bizarre looking guitar, on which he can play Cracklin’ Rose.

It wasn’t easy. He ended up writing it three times: in java for android, in C# for windows mobile and in Objective-C for iPhone. To play them all at once, he just taped them on a piece of wood together with a battery powered speaker, then added lots of audio cables.

Hands On: Fretlight Guitar makes it easy to learn guitar

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2010

The folks who make the Fretlight guitar learning system wanted us to check it out and see for ourselves how easy it is to learn guitar with their system. The basic idea is that the frets of the guitar light up. That, along with an interactive learning system which includes videos and tutorials are supposed to make it easy.

Since my son has been learning how to play guitar by more or less teaching himself, I figured he was the perfect candidate. So they sent us the whole kit and my son checked it out. How good is it at teaching you to play the guitar? His review follows:

GuitarBud: Plug your Guitar into your iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

If you are any kind of budding musician, then chances are you have used some of the iPhone’s musically inclined apps. Well, the GuitarBud plug cable system lets you hook up your electric guitar to your iPhone, which allows it to work with a bunch of compatible apps.

It will work with stuff like Voice Memos to record a quick riff and JamAmp which simulates a guitar amp, tuner and training tool. Some other compatible apps include StompVox, Riff Raters, GigDaddy, iStrobosoft, Rectools Pro and Guitar FX Deluxe.

Seven45 intros first six-string guitar controller

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2010

Seven45 Studios has unveiled this awesome looking SixString guitar controller for the Power Gig: Rise of the SixString title. It’s a real electric guitar that plugs into an amp and everything. Golly gee, you faux rockers sure have come a long way from rocking that plastic guitar hero guitar.

The game and guitar will be sold together. More experienced players will be able to benefit from chording, since this is much more challenging and requires specific finger placement on the strings. The game will be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms.


i-tab electronic songbook

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2010

Musicians will love this. The i-tab comes with a 5″ touchscreen display that will display and scroll through chords and lyrics in perfect synchronization as you are playing. Think of it as a music teleprompter for the guitar.

The device has 4GB of internal storage space, which should hold thousands of tabs that you can purchase and downloaded from the i-tab online Tab Store. There are 5,000 tabs available right now, with around 500 being added weekly.

Boss JS-8 eBand audio player

Posted in amplifier by Shane McGlaun on December 3rd, 2009

bosseband-sbIf you are a guitarist that is lacking in the band mates department and looking for a way to practice by yourself, Boss has introduced a new gadget for you. The device is called the eBand JS-8 and is a music player specifically for the guitarist.

The device has built-in stereo speakers and offers playback of music, solos, riffs and other content that the guitarist can play along with. Music can be loaded onto the device from normal USB sticks and SD cards. Software is also included for importing CD tracks to the device.

Fully functional NES guitar

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2009

Console guitars have been around for awhile, but this one is a real gem. This NES guitar even has the headstock replaced with a cartridge. Though it looks like it would break super easy.

Bust out the old NES guitar and it’s an instant Mario Party. You can play Yoshi’s greatest hits. Flipping open the cartridge slot reveals the standard guitar knobs and the AV out and power ports have been converted accordingly. Super awesome and rocking custom mod.

AC/DC Box Set includes a working guitar amp

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

AC/DC Box Set includes a working guitar ampAC/DC knows how to rock and they have never slowed down. Only a super hard rocking band like them could put out a Box Set like this, which has to be the best Box Set ever. AC/DC’s Backtracks package obviously looks like a guitar amp. But take a closer look.

The top of the box is actually a working 1-watt guitar amplifier. This mini-amp won’t Shake Your Foundations, or even bother the neighbors, but who cares. It’s a real amplifier. You can’t get that on iTunes people. For $199 you get three CDs and two DVDs of rare tracks from the band, a 12-inch vinyl LP, a bunch of memorabilia and a 164-page hardbound book.