Hyper Touch Guitar: No Strings Attached

Don’t guitar strings seem so last century when you think about it? That’s what designer Max Battaglia at Givingshape Design Studio did when he unveiled his new concept: The Hyper Touch Guitar or “HTG” for short.

“Hyper Touch Guitar is a new way of thinking electric guitar making it fully customizable and adaptable to musician needs. No more strings, but a multi-touch screen that allows infinite possibilities of expression through the perfect instrument customization. Guitarists will be able to change as the number of strings, the number of frets, tuning, sound effects etc..

The design maintains the iconic shape of the standard electric guitar exalting and improving it. Some controls (tone, volume and tremolo) are maintained for more rapid and intuitive use.”

No word on pricing yet, but for musicians looking for something more modern without the cartoony Guitar Hero feel, the HTC is looking good.

9 Responses to “Hyper Touch Guitar: No Strings Attached”

  1. I’m thinking of the ways you customize it. E.g., you could make it have 4 strings for bass, 5 strings for banjo, 6 for guitar. You could change the spacing of frets for kid sized hands. Pretty cool idea.

  2. I wonder if this will lack the nuances of a player’s individual style that is expressed with real strings —-even more than the way digital pianos don’t replace a real Baby Grand producing real notes in the air from hammering real strings resonating from a real soundboard. It is interesting, and some will get very creative with it, but I don’t expect it to replace stringed guitars. Of course, it does avoid those sore fingers.

  3. Chuck M

    I’m a fan of electronics but this doesn’t vibe well with me. I would need to play around with such a device to though. Steel strings just have a feel, tone, dynamic that I don’t think a digital guitar can truly capture, especially during an on-stage performance.

  4. The guitar is a stringed instrument by definition, I don’t see how this qualifies as being a guitar. I’ve been playing guitar for well over 20 years-don’t get me wrong, I don’t resist technology. I am also an electrical engineer, I work on cutting-edge stuff every day. If I had to give a few examples of what I believe this design lacks when compared to a real electric guitar, it would be:
    1) How do you change the way your attack on the strings sounds? If you have a real guitar, it sounds a lot different when you use a thinner or thicker pick, or no pick at all.
    2) How do you squeeze harmonics out of this guitar? With a real one, you can change the way your left hand depresses the string to produce a harmonic tone. Also, there is a way to pick the string with your right hand to where a tone harmonic to the root note is produced.
    3) Exactly how do you exercise dynamics without adjusting the volume knob? Do you strum the imaginary stings softer or harder? I could see how this would be possible; I don’t doubt that this design can do it. How many discrete levels are programmed in to adjust the volume of the notes when the input (strumming) is harder or softer? 8? 16? 64? Some other power of 2? I prefer the analog way of doing it-dealing with real strings.

    Ok, to be fair, let’s see how many guitar heroes start using stringless guitars. If in five years we see Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Steve Vai, or Bob Dylan using them I will eat my words. Don’t hold your breath.

  5. Lets not totally bash this concept. Lets actually see how it sounds actually play around with it. No its not the same as the stringed guitar and there will be things the stringed guitar can do that this can not. But there will also be things this will do that the stringed guitar can not. The true test will be if this can produce enough intrest to to get people playing it and will there be a musician who will fully exploit all of the features of this device to produce some unique and wonderful sounds that will revolutionize music. Because lets face it, music has became stagnant. No new tunes or very few are being created in today’s music industry instead artists are are putting new lyrics to older tunes. So if this can spark the imagination of some future artist that can bring back the glory of the musician instead of the lyricists and singers, I am all for it.