If you’ve just started out learning how to play the guitar (or it’s something you’ve always wanted to do), this Kickstarter project is definitely worth keeping an eye on. Dubbed the gTar, this Digital Guitar was designed to work in unison with your iPhone, teaching you how to play songs with a fretboard that lights up. It’s similar in concept to the Fretlight Guitar, but now with the added convenience of having the notes and songs imported over from the iPhone and gTar app. Here’s how it works:
While most guitars have pickups to amplify the sound of vibrating strings, the gTar has none – instead, we’ve designed the gTar with sensors that detect exactly what you’re playing in real-time and relay each note to your iPhone, which then produces the actual sound.
With 3 levels of difficulty, the gTar will be versatile enough for different levels of guitar players when playing a song. On Easy, all you need to do is pluck the string associated with the note, and the gTar will do the rest. On Medium, you’ll need to play the string and the correct note on the fretboard (with aid of LED lights). And for Hard mode, the LEDs will light up, but you can play along however you want.
Having first played the guitar at the age 14, the gTar appears to be an awesome tool for learning – be it for chords, progressions, solos, improvisations and more. At least I wouldn’t have had to spend hundreds of dollars on guitar books and other materials in my quest to become the next Eric Clapton (clearly, that never quite materialized). The gTar would have done most of that for me, and it’d probably been a lot more fun as well while getting a grip on the basics.
You can still pledge $399 for a white gTar (Sept 2012 delivery date); it’ll retail for over $450 once it’s released to the masses. If you’re interested, don’t procrastinate as there’s a limited number of spots for pledges. Once sold out, you may be out of luck and have to wait until it hits retail stores in the near future. Currently, there are over 400 backers and the project has already reached its goal of $100,000 (now at $153,000+).
Check out the video below and the gTar Kickstarter page for more info.