Guitar

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Awhile back Julie wrote about the Orpheus wallet, a wallet for guitar players.  The company selling that wallet is currently out of business, awaiting a relaunch, but it seemed that from that article's feedback the price ($107) was a bit much for the average gadgeteer.  Whipping Post, makers of a gorgeous line of guitar cases, [...]

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griffin-stompbox

The Griffin StompBox is a programmable multi-functional foot controller that interfaces with the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, enabling virtual guitar effects for any instrument that takes a 1/4-inch jack such as a guitar, bass guitar, electric violin or keyboard. StompBox was created to work with Frontier Design’s iShred LIVE app to allow musicians to [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News
actiontuner

Actually, I'm just jealous that they don't have a version of the TunerMatic Action Tuner for ukuleles! The TunerMatic is a robotic guitar tuner. Just turn it on, place over a tuning knob, pluck a string and it will do the rest of the work. It will loosen and tighten the string till it is [...]

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strumbuddy

If you play guitar and also happen to own a smartphone like the iPhone, Droid X and others, or even the iPod Touch, the Strumbuddy Troubadour is a nifty bracket that you can attach to the headstock and then to the back of your device. You don't have to use a special case with this [...]

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pedal-juice

Sanyo's Pedal Juice is a battery power pack that can provide up to 50 hours of power to a guitar effects pedal. It uses Sanyo's high-capacity eneloop rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that eliminate the need for power cables which can produce “ground sound” and drastically reduce tone. The Pedal Juice pack can power multiple effects pedals [...]

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Pick Punch Review

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The Pick Punch is a great gadget for guitar, banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments that require a pick for strumming. If you can't figure out what purpose it serves just by the name and image, then you have my permission to skip this review. Everyone else, click through for more info. If you play [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Music Gear, Reviews
raw-talent

The Raw Talent Guitar learning system uses a guitar-to-USB cable that you can use with virtually any guitar and a Windows PC. It doesn't require you to go out and buy special instrument like the FretLight. The system includes video lessons, a software effects system and an evaluator that actually 'listens' to you play and [...]

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spidercapo

I don't play my guitars much these days, but the SpiderCapo from Creative Tunings makes me want to. Even if you aren't a guitar player, you probably already know what a capo is and does. It presses across the strings on a guitar fretboard to change the pitch of the strings. The SpiderCapo is the [...]

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guitarsidekick

The Guitar Sidekick is a neck-mounted device holder designed to mount a SmartPhone, MediaPlayer, recorder, or tuner on the neck of your acoustic or electric guitar. The clamp enables you to easily use any of the more than 500 music/guitar apps available for smart mobile devices, such as: video lessons, lyrics teleprompters, audio recorders, metronomes, [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News
pointlesspicks

For the past couple of years I've been doodling around on a ukulele, but lately I have a new obsession - the dulcimer. While surfing around for dulcimer info, I happened upon the Pointless Pick. It's a round pectrum with a handy raised grip ring in the center. Wow, why wasn't this invented long ago? [...]

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fretlight

Saw this on SlipperyBrick; the FretLight system is a learning system for guitar.  The specialized hardware connects to your PC via USB and has built-in lights which illuminate the frets to guide you through the fingering. This looks like something we need to review!   Sorry, doesn't come in ukulele size tho Julie.  Roughly $300 and [...]

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Amp and guitar not to scale.

For those of you with electric guitars, this is kind of cool -- a portable mini amplifier.  Runs on a 9V battery, no A/C required.  So now you have no excuse not to drag your bass to parties. This one (the Ampu Plug-n-Play, $30) also has a headphone output and an extra input for, say, [...]

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cakewalk-v20

Cakewalk's V-Studio 20 is an all-in-one recording device for guitarists and singer-songwriters who want a simple way to make music with incredible tones. It's one of the first music production products for Netbooks, the V-Studio 20 offers a user interface optimized for the Netbook screen (1024 x 600 display) and runs seamlessly with lower CPU [...]

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vpick

I saw these cool looking guitar Picks when I was flipping through an Acoustic Guitar magazine yesterday and thought all my gadget loving guitar playing friends would love to hear about them. V-Picks are picks made of a special acrylic material that when warmed by your fingers, will stick to them. The pick isn't sticky, [...]

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tabtoolkit-1

When I first discovered the TabToolKit iPhone App by Agile Partners I thought it was a very cool idea for guitar players who like to use tablature to learn new tunes. I quickly learned that this application isn't just for guitar players. Ukulele players like myself, banjo players, piano players, etc will also love this [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, Reviews
PRS GuitarBud

The iPhone platform has quite a few apps for musicians, but what about the instrument itself? Now you can connect your electric guitar directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch (2nd gen or later) with the GuitarBud from PRS. It plugs into the iPhone's audio jack and has connections for headphones and a guitar. To [...]

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itab

The i-tab is a portable 4GB guitar tablature player with a 5 inch touch screen and built in speakers. Clip it on to the end of your guitar's headstock and it will scroll lyrics and chords while you play. It can also be used to display guitar lessons and play backing tracks. It ships with [...]

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jamkat2

When I got the invite to test drive Pick Smith's Jam Kat. I agreed, not knowing what exactly a Jam Kat did or who Pick Smith was. Twenty minutes of poking around their website got me only marginally closer to answering those questions, but I did eventually determine that the Jam Kat is a rather [...]

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Even rock gods need to practice once in awhile. Now you can do that anywhere, with the Shedneck. Available in different headstock colors and styles that include electric, acoustic, classical and bass, the Shredneck is modeled after the first seven frets of a guitar. You can string it like you do a normal guitar, but [...]

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planetwaves-tuner

I'm a fan of guitar (and ukulele) tuners that use vibration help you to zero in on the right note for each string. Here's a new one from Planet Waves that looks like it might be pretty nice. It has a narrow LCD display that shows the currently tuned note for the string that you're [...]

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