This guitar uses an iPad instead of pickups — and it might actually be genius

electric guitar with iPad under strings
(Image credit: Devil & Sons)

The thought of an iPad stuck under the strings of an electric guitar sounds like a DIY project that would graze the front page of YouTube in the early 2010s. But it’s 2023 and there’s an actually useful iteration of what an iPad and a guitar baby looks like.

Devil & Sons’ iCaster takes the idea of merging tech with music to a different level. Initially created to give musicians freedom over their personal style by using the iPad to design your own pickguards, the iCaster has opened up an opportunity for so much more. 

Designed by Daniel Wallis for the 2022 Great Guitar Build Off, the iCaster is another in a long list of smart instruments that have gained prominence over the last decade with the use of MIDI support to connect to your tech and iOS apps to get the most out of your instrument. 

Why does an iPad improve a guitar?

So what makes the iCaster more than another attempt to overcomplicate a product rooted in tradition? The iPad is a fantastic tool for musicians, from helping to learn how to play an instrument to recording your very own songs. So with an iPad attached to your guitar you can connect to Wi-Fi-enabled guitar amps, Bluetooth speakers, and even help tune your guitar by using the millions of apps on the App Store. The addition of Apple’s ecosystem to an instrument gives the opportunity for experimentation and development alongside the iCaster’s iPadOS - an exciting prospect for tech and guitar enthusiasts alike.

“I very much look forward to seeing what creative directions this instrument can go in once it gets into the hands of musicians and performers,” Wallis said. “My hope is that the prototype goes to an imaginative player who can suggest improvements for future iterations”

You can enter the raffle to be in with a chance to win this iCaster prototype via the Great Guitar Giveaway (opens in new tab). You might need to check out our best iPad guide though because an iPad isn’t included!

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.