gTar iPhone powered digital guitar hits Kickstarter

gTar

The gTar iPhone powered digital guitar has arrived on Kikstarter and is looking to revolutionize the way you learn to play an electric guitar. The gTar is a fully digital guitar that looks to make playing it easy for anyone. The guitar comes with a place to slot in your iPhone 4 or 4S and works with a companion app which will be available from the App Store. Once loaded, an array of interactive LEDs will illuminate along the fretboard of the guitar showing you where to place your fingers in order to achieve the correct note.

There's nothing like the thrill of playing a real musical instrument. Unfortunately for most, learning can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. That's why we built the gTar. "If you're ever picked up a guitar for the first time and tried to play a favorite song, you know how discouraging it can be. The gTar completely changes that."

The gTar is digital which means it does not rely on the traditional method of amplifying the sound from vibrating strings. Instead, the gTar has sensors that can detect exactly what you’re playing; the sensors then send the information to the iPhone which reproduces the sound.

The gTar is live on Kickstarter now and has already broken through its funding barrier with 34 days left to go. If you fancy being an early adopter you can make a pledge and be one of the first to get hold of one. Pledges start from $350 and should the gTar make it to full retail sale, it is expected to sell for upwards of $449.

Source: Kickstarter

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Maxipad says:

Pretty cool but why didn't we hear it in the video. Is it ready?

DARK_BLU says:

I can see how this toy would be interesting for beginners, but for an experienced guitarist like me who builds my own guitars to my specs, it's totally useless. It is however an interesting use of an iPhone that Android and Windows Phone can't do, so I give it a thumbs up for innovation and creativity.

rafi1407 says:

I can see this doing more wrong than good in the long run, unless they implement the use of proper techniques. I can see them playing all the strings with their thumbs! x_x

Bytebrain says:

Yeah, I was thinking this too.
If you're not taught the correct fingering positions, you're gonna get in trouble very fast leaning to play that way.
Also, I would think the best way to learn the fundamentals of guitar playing would be to start with simple chords, NOT single notes all over the fret.
If the accompanied app have a good varied and, most importantly, good sounding midi sounds the guitar might be worth the asking price for that alone, I don't know, haven't tried midi guitars, and don't know the prices and available quality.

ash says:

does it not come with a plectrum? i'd be interested to see this in action...:)

Glenn#IM says:

Looks like fun, but also agree, learning chords gives you the building blocks to learning the guitar. I would like to see it in action in the regular guitar mode.

Glenn#IM says:

From the site
Does the gTar need to be tuned? 
Since the gTar is entirely digital, it doesn't care whether the strings are in tune or not. Keeping reasonable tension on the strings will improve the performance and sensitivity of the gTar.
Do not need to tune it. Sorry, I agree with Dark_Blu, this is a toy, and a bad way to start learning the guitar.

Guest says:

Just in time to be obsoleted by the new dock size

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