Monday, September 23, 2013

The gTar-The App Enabled Smart Guitar


 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 gTar was created.

The gTar is a fully digital guitar that makes it easy for anybody to play music, regardless of experience. All you have to do is dock your iPhone in the body (using the modular dock), load up the gTar app, and an array of interactive LEDs along the fretboard will show you how to play.

You may be asking yourself what it means for a guitar to be "digital." While most guitars have pickups to amplify the sound of vibrating strings, the gTar has none - instead, the creators have 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. This makes it possible for us to do all kinds of exciting things, so let's get into it!

Multi-Touch LED Fretboard
The gTar's interactive fretboard is the most advanced thing you've never seen on a guitar before. It knows the exact location of your fingers before you even play a note, so not only can the full color LEDs illuminate in different ways to show you where to put your fingers, it can track how well you're doing in real-time as you play.

Smart Strings
To detect notes, the gTar has a set of smart sensors located in the bridge that pick up even the most subtle string movement. You can play the gTar with a pick, your fingers, or with our SmartPick, a new kind of conductive pick with an internal accelerometer that acts as an advanced stylus for the gTar.

 Authentic Guitar Feel
While the gTar doesn't have any pickups, the physical layout and feel is the same as an electric guitar, so all the songs and chord shapes you learn on the gTar are transferable. It's built with a rugged basswood body, maple neck, and uses standard electric guitar strings, so they're easy to replace. But remember, since the gTar is a fully digital instrument, you don't need to worry about keeping the strings in tune.

Fully Hackable
For advanced users, the gTar's USB output and LED input can be hacked in countless ways to create and perform music. The gTar has plug-and-play compatibility with almost any DAW or VST that supports USB-MIDI and for interested developers.

Compatible with Many Apps
Since the gTar outputs CoreMIDI data, it's compatible with dozens of existing apps on iOS, allowing you to learn, create, consume, and everything in between.

Music is, and has always been, a universal language capable of bringing people together. Dissuaded by steep learning curves and an image-driven industry, relatively few of us have the courage to truly express ourselves through music. By empowering anybody with the tools to enjoy, create, and perform music naturally and intuitively, the creators of gTar seek to keep music core to the human experience for everyone.


  1. very nice article.. is gTar sold in Bangalore anywhere

  2. sorry vamshi, for the late can order them from their website,they ship to india.