Lapstick…the ultimate portable guitar?

January 30th, 2010 by Andres Gallo

Lapstick Portable guitar

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A lot, if not most of times, I wish I had my instrument with me. I am sure the vast majority of guitar players, and musicians feel the same. Knowing, my laziness, when it comes to carrying extra equipment, I know I have to do something. Today I decided to look at my options, and found the lapstick. The lapstick seems to like it could be the answer, to all the guitar players who like me, wish they could play and practice everywhere they go. I know there are many guitarists like me, when it comes to the drive to play as much as possible. With that said, although I still don’t know enough about the lapstick, beyond the specs displayed on their website, it seems like it could be an interesting investment. It is an extremely small, instrument, with a built in portable amp to boot. I’m sure many of you, like I, will be glad to know of its existence.

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MISA creates a new digital innovation.

January 21st, 2010 by Andres Gallo

MISA Digital Guitar

The guitar as an instrument has seen many innovations, throughout the years, with the use of new materials, addition of electronics, as well as many other creative ideas. These innovations date back hundreds of years ago with the first guitar-like instruments evolving to what we have today. Today we have many choices, including versatile improvements on the original designs, as well as a variety of guitar types for different uses. The 1930s for example gave us a new form of guitar, introducing electronics into the originally acoustic instrument. It is creativity like that which allowed thousands of musicians to explore new sounds. Later on, in the 1950’s, the floating tremolo systems became popular giving players more options and room for experimentation. It is all these developments that allow creative musicians to do new things and create new forms of music with new textures not heard before.

With the awesome developments technology brings to us everyday, I am excited to see one of the new MISA guitars in action. I don’t think it will replace my electric or acoustic guitars, but I am almost certain that for many things such an instrument could become the go to instrument for many. Such instrument after all, is not intended to replace the electric guitar, but rather to complement it, in the same way electric and acoustic guitars complement each other.

I am obsessed with digital guitar. But I also love electric guitar, and I have learned what it’s good at and what it’s capable of. Some of its most important qualities and characteristics stem from the very fact that the electric guitar is made out of wood and strings. A guitar string is “beautiful” – because the sound generated comes from the very vibration of the string, interfering with a magnetic flux and inducing an electric voltage, which is then amplified. Why would you want to emulate that? It is perfection. It is pure nature. It is in the analog domain. I did not intend the Misa digital guitar to replicate a traditional guitar

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This technology could evolve into the main instrument for many musicians. I guess only time will tell, though I want to be part of the experiment if I can afford it.

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