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.
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.
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