Smart Guitars. It was a matter of time


mjgodin
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Why not right. We have "smart phones, smart watches, smart TV's, Refrigerators and home thermostats." There's even Smart Amps like the Positive Grid Spark.

Now out comes the LAVA ME 3. The worlds first "Smart Guitar". I'm not gonna get too much into describing this thing as I'll let the links I provide cover it, but in a nutshell it's a Carbon Fiber with a touch screen built in to the body of the guitar. Actually the carbon fiber claim is debatable as someone pointed out in one of the reviews, but for now we'll go with it. It has built in apps like tuner, metronome, looper (yes a looper) and all kinds of effects. There are tools for learners like scale charts and chord charts and a recorder so you can record on the fly and save it to the cloud. All this is built into the guitar. If your a travelling songwriter you would have no need to carry around a lot of equipment.

Here is a full review of it's features from Guitar World's Paul Riario which I would encourage you to view it entirely before forming an opinion.

Guitar Worlds Review

They run about $1000 bucks and thats a lot of money for something many people including myself might pass off as "Gimmicky", but we all know Technology never sleeps and you can't stop progress. We all probably thought the same thing when we saw the first smart phone I'm sure.

Would love to know others thoughts and if anyone out there owns one or is planning on buying one. Please chime away.

Personally, I don't know if I'm smart enough to play a smart guitar. I'm still struggling with the dumb ones, however I will say there probably is a market for this and it might be a game changer. I can see some of it's features being incorporated in other instruments by other manufacturers.

Enjoy,

Moe


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DraconusJLM
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I can see there could be a market for this, but my thoughts on it are....

OH GOD, NO!!!!!

(And I've been a guitar effect freak for years)

I also think it looks like an ugly toy.

Long live dumb guitars made from pieces of wood with necessary metal and other material attachments


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snojones
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Im with you Draconus! Like auto tune, soon music producers will be saying "I used to have to find guitar players who could play the instrument... Now all I have to do is find somebody who looks good".


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mjgodin
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Originally Posted by: snojones

Now all I have to do is find somebody who looks good".

Yeah but isn't that kind of where we are with singers. When was the last time a fat ugly bald guy won American Idol?

Apologies to all fat ugly bald guys who can sing...

I wasn't impressed with the looks either. Too futuristic for me. I'm more of a purist. I hope to aquire an ES335 someday and if I see a touchscreen in it I'm gonna cry. Not just because of the looks but you know Gibson will mark it up to 10 grand.

Looks aside they must be selling because this is an upgrade from the Two version which didn't have the screen. Just three buttons. They also have a Pro version out which is more Dread size with an oval back similar to the Ovations of the past.

Like I said, you can't stop progress. If you can call it that.

Moe


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snojones
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Yea Mo,

But not that long ago producers had to find peope who COULD SING and look good. There was actual skill involved. It will be a disaster when they can do the same thing (no skill required) with guitars. I am sure it will be wildly popular. Right before people loose interest in guitar all togther. "Oh yeah... that is a lute. Right?"

American Idol is the problem with American Idol. After all.... "reality tv" gave us the trump disaster.


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ross145
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I think Smart Guitar is a great innovation. Unfortunately, haven't played one yet.


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