Archive for Musical Instruments

Ant Commandos Double Range Guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2008

Ant Commandos Double Range Guitar
The Ant Commandos Double Range Guitar sells for $59.99 and does double duty, since it can play both Guitar Hero and Rock Band in one guitar. The Double Range Guitar plays PS2 and PS3 versions of both Guitar Hero (I, II and III) and Rock Band.

It operates on 2.4GHz wireless technology with a belt clip that gives players unlimited freedom. All of the functionality is retained, like a second set of Rock Band solo buttons near the strum bar and distortion effects. This is a great option for those with limited space who want to play both games.

The appropriately named Pikasso guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2008

The appropriately named Pikasso guitar
I’m not sure if Picasso ever painted a guitar, but if he made a real guitar, the result would be something like this. The aptly named Pikasso was created by Linda Manzer and it makes regular guitars look like boring slackers. It has two sound holes, four necks, and 42 strings, so one can imagine the range of chords that could be produced with this thing.

This wooden oddity looks heavy, but it’s actually pretty light, weighing in at under 15 lbs. It’s also easier to handle despite what it looks like, thanks to a tapered back and a divot on the bottom, allowing the instrument to rest on your knee. Some of us can’t even handle a standard guitar, nevermind this beast.

Bigfoot rocks: The Sasquatch guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2008

Bigfoot rocks: The Sasquatch guitar
There have been many a Bigfoot sighting in the more secluded areas of the globe, and I aint talkin redneck truck shows that take place in loud stadiums. Who knew that Bigfoot rocked his own huge guitar? Which raises the question: Does Sasquatch play Guitar Hero? Probably, but it’s a lot like playing chess with a wookie. The loser in a Guitar hero rock-off with a Sasquatch is always the human. He WILL break you.

Guitar maker George Marlin created it and showed it off at the Miami Beach Guitar Festival Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Miami Beach. You know, if Leonard Nimoy had entered the Forest strumming this thing during an episode of In Search of… he would have lured the big guy out to autograph it and we would have had proof they exist.

World’s first quadruple-neck guitar

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2008

World’s first quadruple-neck guitar
This guitar requires at least four times the skill of your normal rocker. It would be great for the alien band that has a few more limbs then most. With this baby you can be a one man bluegrass band with guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo all in one. I’m guessing the weight will destroy your collar bone though.

One of these monstrosities sold on eBay earlier this month for $255, which is insanely cheap, even when you consider the $134.98 shipping fee. It’s probably just as well, it’s gotta be a pain in the ass to restring this thing. You are NOT a guitar hero until you master this baby.

Harpejji: The Guitar & the Piano got it on

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2008

Harpejji: The guitar & the Piano got it on
This right here is the result of a piano and a guitar finding themselves drunk in each other’s arms and later doing the nasty. You play it by tapping the 24 strings on the 24 frets. It’s actually the brainchild of math professor Jorn Starret who invented the thing as the StarrBoard.

Now it’s being produced by Marcodi Musical Instruments in Maryland, for the steep price of $5,995 depending what kind of finish you want on it. At that price it’s not exactly going to take the world by storm. I mean, c’mon, if you take the strings off, it’s little more then a fancy ironing board. I have to give it some credit though, it does have an interesting and at times unique sound and it seems like you could do quite alot with it musically. Check out a video below.

Beamz Infomercial: Stupidest promo ever

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Beamz Infomercial: Stupidest promo ever
Last week we told you about the Beamz Laser Music System, but we had no idea how um…retarded this thing is. I’m still not sure if I watched a comedy sketch or not and I’m not entirely clear on what era I’m living in.

Unless you are a middle-aged metrosexual who loves lounge music, you really aren’t going to want this thing for $600. It makes you look like a cat pawing a ball of yarn. Your money is better spent on video games. The big bald guy seems so desperate to fill the void in his soul with his playing. Probably because he looks like fat bald Vader from Return of the Jedi. The video is below.

Beamz: Laser beam music system

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Beamz: Laser beam music systemBeamz is a laser-based invention that is connected to a computer via your USB port. It allows you to pretend you are a musical genius from the year 2355, because you can play hundreds of musical instruments in true Jean Michel Jarre style.(Whoever the hell he is) How does it work you ask? Basically you are creating music by breaking the laser beams with your hands. It automatically generates pre-authored pulses, streams, riffs or loops of musical notes or sounds from a variety of instruments.

The beamz system as a whole has a “W” shape, with six laser beams over two sections. Just connect it via USB to your PC or laptop, and hook up some speakers. You’ll be rocking your lasers in no time. The interface is said to be simple and intuitive, making it easy to choose any of 30 included songs in 19 musical genres, for laying down a complementary rhythm track. The beamz library includes jazz, bluegrass, classical, hip-hop, reggae, heavy metal and more. Available from The Sharper Image for $599.95.

Clarinet gun mod for musicians gone postal

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2008

Clarinet gun mod for musicians gone postal
Check out this steampunk clarinet mod, which foregoes music and adopts violence as it’s new tune. There isn’t alot of info about it, but I like to imagine that some band geek got picked on a bit too much and went all Travis Bickle while creating it. You talking to me? You must be talking to me…

Looks like it doesn’t actually fire, but is more of an art piece. I also envision a post-apocalyptic future where a trio of musicians wander the wasteland. When trouble comes, they make as if to play some music. But when they open their instrument cases…All hell breaks loose. We love the clarinet gun.

The Schimmel Pegasus grand piano

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

The Schimmel Pegasus grand piano
This piano looks like it came straight out of Minority report, or Star Trek and it seems like it could in no way stand still. In fact, I’m pretty sure this would get delivered to your home by wormhole. The Schimmel Pegasus grand piano is not just all about good looks though, it features over 200 strings under a total tension of 176,520 newtons, and a key assembly composed of 10,000 pieces. It also sports a curved ergonomic keyboard and the lid is hydraulic, allowing you to control the amount of projection desired.

Only 14 were ever made ten years ago for big-wigs like Eddie Murphy, Lenny Kravitz, and Prince. Now’s your chance to own one and play like a Sci-Fi God, as it goes on sale March 15th.

eNote clip-on digital chromatic tuner

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

eNote clip-on digital chromatic tuner
For those who have problems tuning their musical instruments, your troubles are a thing of the past. Now you can easily tune your instrument to the correct note with the eNote Digital Tuner from ELECA. just attach this little device to your guitar or other instrument and the display will show up green once the note is correct.

This little device will tune guitars, violins, banjos, dulcimers and other stringed instruments. You simply need to know what note corresponds to each string. Then no matter which key the instrument uses, the tuner will help you find the note for the string.

Emergency adapter kit for electronic musicians

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2007

Emergency adapter kit for electronic musician’s

If you are a musician, there’s nothing worse then showing up for a gig and finding that you can’t plug instrument A into device B. Your whole act could be silenced due to one missing little plug or adapter. Well, this nylon bag could possibly be the musician’s best friend, and save the show.

It’s full of necessary audio adapters you might never need, but you’ll be glad you have them. Just in case. The idea came from electronic musician Liz Mclean Knight, who put the kit together. You even get a red LED flashlight attached to the drawstring which should help you find the adapter you’re searching for in those dark areas backstage.

Roll up synthesizer piano saves space

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2007

Roll up synthesizer piano saves space

I’m not proficient at any musical instruments myself, but if I was I would be into this cool roll-up synthesizer. It’s completely flexible with a super compact design for storage and for moving. Which is probably why it looks like a Fax Machine spitting out Piano keys. With 61 standard layout piano keys, 128 different synthesized tones, 100 different rhythms to play with, you won’t get bored. It also has MIDI and Speaker OUT as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It might look like just a gadget, but it’s not. All of these features make the portable piano synthesizer comparable to many high end digital pianos. But at a fraction of the price. The fact that it will save you some valuable space, makes it practical, since many of us don’t have room for a large Piano.

The Jay Turser shark guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

The Jay Turser shark guitar

You’ve heard of card sharks and loan sharks.(Hopefully you don’t know the latter very well.) How about a Guitar Shark? The Jay Turser Shark Guitar is a fairly unique hand painted shark shaped guitar that would make any amateur want to play. It would even be perfect and maybe way over the top to have a shark guitar if you play your gigs on a beach.

It’s designed for young players of course and includes a strap and gig bag. This shark measures 37-3/4″ in length. A unique instrument like this is a great way to start that future rocker’s career. Years down the road, you’ll be wondering why his songs all seem to all involve fish. The amp is powered by a 9V battery so the guitar can be played anywhere.

“Rock Band” sales strong despite PS3 problems

Posted in Games,music,Musical Instruments,News by Chetz on November 29th, 2007

Rock Band SalesHarmonix and Viacom’s “Rock Band” has made an impression at stores and stood guitar fret-to-fret with Activision’s rival franchise and latest entry “Guitar Hero III”. However we don’t know exactly how well the rhythm game is doing in sales. The only thing we have to go on are the enthusiastic reports on gaming message boards and what a representative of MTV Networks, owners of the game, said that the game has been “flying off the shelves” during the first week of sales.

“Downloads are going great, rockband.com is going great with people logging on and downloading stuff from there,” said Mika Salmi, a rep for MTV’s digital division. “It’s got a lot of legs, we’re in it for the long term.”

The Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments,Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2007

Gibson Les Paul robot guitar

Music and robotics have had a strange relationship. I have seen bands with robot singers, robots playing instruments and more. Now Gibson is taking robotics and applying them to the guitar. Thanks to integrated electronics and motorized mechanics, this instrument can automatically tune itself in various configurations.

This is big news for performers. With something like this they only need to carry one guitar with them instead of several differently-tuned instruments. They plan a limited first run, only available in select stores.