THE BEST Guitars

Playing an 18-String Guitar

Playing an 18-String Guitar

Musician Ian Ethan Case previews a bit of his new album Run Toward the Mountains, as his fingers fly across all 18 strings of his double-necked guitar. At times, his hands were moving so fast, we thought he was Doc Ock. The 92-minute double album drops 11/24/15.

Yamaha Silent Guitar

Yamaha Silent Guitar

Yamaha’s Silent Guitars have piezo pickups as well as high quality digital samples of acoustic guitar strings. You can play the sound through headphones or line out, and power them using batteries or its AC adapter.

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9-String Guitar: Torque Soul

9-String Guitar: Torque Soul

We’ve heard of 6-string and 12-string guitars, but this is the first time we’ve seen or heard a 9-string guitar. Musician Rob Scallon shows off his nimble fingers on this unusual instrument with a track called Torque Soul, with Kevin Wade on drums.

Prisma Guitars

Prisma Guitars

California-based Prisma Guitars handcrafts stunning electric guitars and guitar accessories using discarded skateboard decks. Not only does this cut back on waste, it also means each product is unique.

KORG Miku Pedal Review

KORG Miku Pedal Review

The KORG Miku Vocaloid pedal is possibly the weirdest guitar effect pedal ever made. Here, guitarist Rob Chapman and his sidekick “the Captain” attempt to get through a review of the voice-generating guitar pedal without losing it.

The 17-String Guitar

The 17-String Guitar

Musician Esteban Antonio demonstrates a truly unique custom instrument. The Ha-Shem is a 17-string grand concert harp guitar that can be played by plucking, strumming or bowing it like a cello. Doc Ock needs one of these.

ToneWoodAmp

ToneWoodAmp

The ToneWoodAmp is a portable effects accessory for acoustic guitars. It lets you add different effects and boost the sound without the need to plug in to an amp. You can swap effects and use MIDI instruments via its mobile app.

Riffstation Play

Riffstation Play

Currently in beta, Riffstation Play is a free web-based app that figures out a song’s chords by analyzing its YouTube video. The chords can be laid out for a guitar, ukelele or piano. The desktop version lets you load any song.

Tabify

Tabify

Currently in development, Tabify is a mobile app that will automatically transcribe guitars – and possibly other string instruments – as you play. You can also go over created tabs and edit them. Note that the UI hasn’t been finalized.

Roadie Tuner

Roadie Tuner

An automatic tuner for guitars and other string instruments. Roadie Tuner works with iOS and Android devices to quickly and accurately tune your instrument. It can also wind, unwind and check the health of strings.

Firefly Pick

Firefly Pick

If you liked the SCLW, check out the Firefly Pick. It lights up whenever it strikes a guitar string or when your hand moves. Pair it with the NeckFX for a synchronized light show. You can watch demo videos of the pick on YouTube.

PocketStrings

PocketStrings

The equivalent of drum practice pads for guitarists. PocketStrings are small bars with real guitar strings and real frets that you can use to practice anywhere. Available in 4- and 6-fret variants. Also on ThinkGeek.

AK-47 Guitar

AK-47 Guitar

Guitar builder Jimmy DiResta made this custom electric guitar for musician Wyclef Jean, turning what was once an axe into an assault rifle. Jump to 6:35 to see the finished instrument.

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TronicalTune Guitar Tuner

TronicalTune Guitar Tuner

This little robot will make sure your axe is always in tune. Install it behind your guitar’s headstock and it will mechanically tune your strings in seconds. Available for different guitar brands and models.

Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

Invented by Paul Vo and beta tested with the synth experts at Moog Music, the Vo-96 is an innovative synthesizer that attaches to acoustic guitars, modifying its sound using magnetic fields to change the way the strings vibrate.

Bohemian Oil Can Guitars

Bohemian Oil Can Guitars

The twangy Bohemian Guitar line will offer choice of 3 oil can styles, maple necks with rosewood fingerboards and bridge, adjustable truss rods and chrome tuning machines. (Thanks Bryan!)

Coin Guitar Picks

Coin Guitar Picks

Etsy sellers Dustin and Stephanie make guitar picks out of American coins, some of them several decades old. The edges of the picks have smooth beveled edges to reduce the wear on guitar strings.

Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar

Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar

Unlike high end self-tuning guitars that have motors on their tuning pegs, the AT-200 uses pitch correcting software to digitally adjust the sound coming from its strings. A great kit for beginners.

Alma Flamenca

Alma Flamenca

A wonderful short by Greek studio Deep Green Sea chronicling the 299 hours spent by expert guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides to make a single flamenco guitar. Music by Edsart Udo De Haes.

Permanent Marker Guitars

Permanent Marker Guitars

Patrick Fisher creates astoundingly detailed works of art using guitars as his canvas, and permanent markers as his medium. They’re so beautiful, we’d be afraid to scratch them up while strumming.

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Cat. Guitar. Earthquake.

Cat. Guitar. Earthquake.

This cat seems far more interested in playing the guitar than in the 6.3 magnitude quake which struck in the middle of his performance. In fact, he seems downright offended by the interruption.

Unlimited Electric Guitar

Unlimited Electric Guitar

The Unlimited is an electric guitar with a built-in amp. You can also add effects and play audio from your mobile device via an app. Convenient, though we hope this demo isn’t of the final build.

Telecaster Reimagined

Telecaster Reimagined

Mathew Schneider’s redesign of the Fender Telecaster. The pickup is a nod to the acoustic guitar, the knobs and switches are now buttons and the body is swathed in textiles and leather.

gTar iPhone Guitar

gTar iPhone Guitar

Transforms your iPhone 4 or 4S into a fully-functional guitar trainer with real strings and a light-up fretboard to help guide your fingertips. Has several difficulty levels and a free play mode.

Horse Plays Guitar

Horse Plays Guitar

This horse needs help to hold the guitar and its frets, but it makes a noble effort to strum all by itself. Now keep in mind we didn’t title this post “Horse Plays Guitar Well” for a reason.

Gibson Buckethead Les Paul

Gibson Buckethead Les Paul

First released in 2010, the Buckethead Les Paul has an oversized body, a marker-less fingerboard and ceramic humbucking pickups with arcade style kill switches, just as the shredder wants it.

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