NAMM iPod Gadget #2: The iPod Guitar

Jul 17th, 2006 | By | Category: iPod Accessories

iPods are showing up everywhere, and this year’s NAMM convention, a meeting of musical gear manufacturers and retailers held in Austin, Texas July 14-16, was no exception.

One of the more unusual iPod accessories shown was the iCoustic guitar. At first, glance, the iCoustic looks like a standard travel guitar. In fact, it’s built using travel guitars from Taylor and Martin.

iCoustic Guitar
Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find that the iCoustic has a speaker built into the guitar’s soundhole:
iCoustic Guitar speaker

The speaker, along with some on-board electronics, lets the guitar be used for audio playback from iPods, digital recorders and even other guitars.

The heart of the iCoustic system is a Fishman Mini Q 9V Two Band Active EQ with a standard ¬º” output. This is coupled with an under-saddle mounted Sonicore piezo pickup and built-in amplifier.A 1/8″ mini input jack connects most music players and digital devices to the guitar. A ¬º” input/output jack connects you to external amplifiers, sound pedals etc. and also allows you to connect to other guitars in both the Duet and Piggyback Modes.

The soundhole-mounted 4″ aluminum magnesium woofer is custom designed to provide realistic acoustic sound and to integrate visually with the guitar.

The iCoustic operates ini several modes:

  • Self Amplification
  • MP3 Mode iPod – lets you playback tracks through the speaker and jam along to them
  • Pro Mode: Korg ToneWorks PXR4 – Attaching a Korg ToneWorks PXR4 or other portable recording or effects device lets you record, playback or add multiple effects using only the guitar.
  • Effects Pedal Mode – you can use all your favorite effects pedals without the need for an amp or P.A. system
  • Duet Mode – connect two or more guitars together using a standard guitar cable. The sound from one guitar is played back through the body of the other.Source: iCoustic

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