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Instruments

Artiphon Instrument 1

Artiphon Instrument 1
$349++  Pledge Link Comment

The Instrument 1 is a USB MIDI controller that can be played like a guitar, violin, piano and more. Its pressure-sensitive pad and companion app lets you play multiple notes per string, trigger a different instrument per string and more.

The Yaybahar

The Yaybahar

Gorkem Sen’s Yaybahar is an incredibly strange acoustic instrument. When its strings, springs or drum-like membranes are struck, the vibration bounces back and forth between the spring and the membranes, creating a layered echo.

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Pillow Band

Pillow Band
~$41  Buy Comment

We’ve featured DOIY’s weapon-shaped pillows, but if you’re more of a lover than a fighter, check out the store’s Pillow Band. The set consists of three small pillows. Two are shaped like a guitar and one looks like a mic.

Straton Skull Violins

Straton Skull Violins
$2K-$5K  Buy Comment

Stratton Violin makes electric violins with skull-shaped bodies. They come with Barbera Twin Hybrid bridge pickups with frets and wood stain as options. You can also opt for hand-carved and detailed bodies or even fully customized designs.

Yamaha b Series Pianos

Yamaha b Series Pianos
$4500-7500  Link Comment

Yamaha announced the US debut of their popular b Series Upright Pianos with this quirky short video that shows off their aesthetics as well as their ability to bring people from all walks of life together to make beautiful music.

Korg tinyPIANO

Korg tinyPIANO
$250  Buy Link Comment

Baby’s first Korg. The tinyPiano has 25 keys, 25 different sounds and 50 built-in songs, so you can use it as a music box as well. It has a 3.5mm output jack and can be powered via its adapter or with 6 AA batteries.

Bohemian Oil Can Guitars

Bohemian Oil Can Guitars
$285+  Pledge Comment

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!)

MechBass x Hysteria

MechBass x Hysteria

James McVay created the MechBass as his Engineering honors project at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012. The machine makes quick work of the intricate bassline from Muse’s Hysteria.

Jam with Chrome

Jam with Chrome

You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy enjoy playing with Google Chrome’s latest experiment. It lets you select from 19 instruments to jam with up to three friends in real time using your Chrome browser.

Mr. Curly Says Hello

Mr. Curly Says Hello

Musician, composer and instrument maker Linsey Pollak introduces us to some strange but awesome sounding instrumentation and music in this clip from his show Passing Wind. (Thanks, Don!)

You Can Play a Guitar Like That?

You Can Play a Guitar Like That?

Jon Gomm doesn’t so much shred as make use of interesting guitar techniques to produce his heartfelt songs. They’re still just as fun to watch being played as they are to listen to though.

iTar iPad Guitar

iTar iPad Guitar
$200+  Pledge Comment

If funded, Starr Labs iTar will turn your iPad into a fully-functional electronic guitar, complete with MIDI fretboard controller and a music app with virtual stings and a whammy bar.

Oramics Visual Synthesizer

Oramics Visual Synthesizer

In 1957, Daphne Oram created the Oramics synth, which interprets sound from painted film strips. The 1957 prototype was recently found and is now on exhibit in London. Soon to be an iPhone app, too.

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Korg microPIANO

Korg microPIANO
$300  Buy Link Comment

A portable electronic piano made to look like a grand piano. You even have to open the lid to expose its speakers. Has 61 keys, 61 sounds and 25 phrases. Also available with a red lid finish.

27 String Guitar

27 String Guitar

In the late 70’s, Guitarist and master luthier Keith Medley conceived this unique creation with 21 more strings than most people will ever be able to play. He uses it to perform his original compositions.

Keytar for All

Keytar for All

Wilson Wen-Cheng Liang designed the Ambidextro keytar with dual-sided keys so that righties and lefties can equally go synth crazy. But even better is the opportunity it opens up for using both hands.

Cigar Box Electric Guitars

Cigar Box Electric Guitars

Kid Rock and other savvy musicians are fans of Memphis blues musician Johnny Lowe, who forges collectible handmade guitars out of cigar boxes, pool sticks and other repurposed objects.

PVC Pipe Organ Medley

PVC Pipe Organ Medley

Check out this medley of popular tunes from the young and talented Snubby J, whose instrument of choice is a handbuilt PVC pipe organ/drum set. Bonus: Ozzy at 3:24. (Thanks Kelley!)

World’s Smallest Harmonica

World’s Smallest Harmonica
$15  Buy Comment

Hohner’s Little Lady is the world’s smallest harmonica at only 3.5 cm long; it’s able to play a full eight note C-major octave and includes a carrying case and brass keying loop.

Omega GM-1 System

Omega GM-1 System
$249-$289  Buy Comment

Make Rock Band and Guitar Hero sessions more realistic with Omega’s GM-1 System, which hooks up to a real drum set via a MIDI or accessory cable; it also includes 2-3 cymbal triggers.

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Misa Digital Guitar

Misa Digital Guitar

It may look like an axe, but the Misa Digital Guitar a completely different instrument; this string-less Linux-powered MIDI controller features 24 frets and a multifunction touchscreen.

EverTune Bridge

EverTune Bridge

The EverTune Bridge promises to make retuning guitars a thing of the past thanks to an adaptive spring tensioner; it maintains constant tension on the strings, keeping them in tune forever.

Gibson 7-String Explorer

Gibson 7-String Explorer
$3,339  Buy Comment

Gibson redesigns the classic 7-String Explorer for the 21st century with a glossy ebony nitrocellulose finish, mahogany neck/body, EMG pickups, 25k linear pot and Grover Rotomatics.

Eigenharp Alpha/Pico

Eigenharp Alpha/Pico
$550/$6250  Buy Comment

A cross between a piano, a drum and a sax, the Eigenharp is an uber-instrument with the capabilities of an electronic keyboard; choose from the budget Pico or professional Alpha.

Korg microSAMPLER

Korg microSAMPLER

Korg’s microSAMPLER is a compact keyboard with loop-sequencer, line input, audio player caddy, gooseneck mic, and five sampling methods; it also includes 21 KAOSS PAD effects.

Wii/Xbox Wireless Drums

Wii/Xbox Wireless Drums
$230  Buy Comment

Both the Wii and Xbox 360 get their own flavor of Logitech’s Wireless Drum Controller with similar specs: stainless steel surfaced bass pedal, 30 foot range and quick fold-flat design.

Carbon Fiber Instruments

Carbon Fiber Instruments
$5,500+  Buy Comment

Luis and Clark’s Carbon Fiber instruments aren’t just about looks: they play well, take quite a bit of abuse, and have found their ways into the hands of musicians like Yo Yo Ma.

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