gTar: iPhone-Powered Guitar Aims to Make it Easier For Anyone to Play Music

gTar is an interesting new Kickstarter project that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier today.

gTar is a fully digital guitar that makes innovative use of Apple’s iPhone and an array of LEDs along the fretboard to make it easy for anyone to play the guitar by reducing the learning curve. 

Matt Burns of TechCrunch explains how it works:

After docking an iPhone in the guitar’s body and loading the app, the neck comes alive with a series of interactive LEDs along the fretboard. In Easy Mode, these lights illuminate in sequence with the teaching app, showing the user which string to play. Medium takes it up a level by forcing the player to use the frets and the strings. However, the gTar’s Smart Play function only plays the correct string.

Thanks to sensors rather than traditional pickups, the guitar will only play the appropriate string. But, as the user improves, the guitar does away with some of the nanny features, allowing the user to have, for better or worse, full access to the guitar’s musical capabilities. The Free Play mode allows for even more options, letting the player turn the guitar into a wide-range of instruments thanks to its iPhone core.

You can check out the Kickstarter video of gTar below:

gTar will retail for $449, but you can pre-order your gTar for $399 (the early bird option of $350 is already sold out) by pledging support for the project on Kickstarter. You can check out this Kickstarter page for more details.

Not surprisingly, the innovative product has received a lot of interest and has already blown past its funding goal of $100,000 in less than 12 hours. gTar has received a backing of almost $112,000 at the time of writing this post from more than 300 backers.

What do you think of gTar? Sound off in the comments.

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  • Gilian777

    Pretty cool idea, this will catch on! Wished they made the guitar look a little bit more cool though, all black or all white…but that will happen in the future

  • icezenheim

    that’s cool!!!

  • Chris

    Was this on Shark Tank recently? I remember something like this where it teaches you how to play guitar by lighting up the strings like that.

  • Bill

    Cool… but come on 400 dollars!!!!

  • Mike

    Really cool!!! Perhaps they can create something similar for an electronic drum set?


  • Unknown

    I’d rather save another $50 and get an iPad but very nice idea

  • Bob

    Almost as uncool as the Guitar Hero toys ;p

  • Jeffyg3

    That’s awesome. I was trying to learn to play the guitar about 4 months ago and had a bit of trouble, things got busy and haven’t gotten back to it yet. This looks like it would help a ton in my learning. Giving me a easier way to k ow where to put my fingers would be awesome. I just wish I had monkey fingers, using the guitar feels very unnatural to me :/