No Strings Attached

Introducing the Hyper Touch Guitar. From the mind of Max Battaglia at Givingshape Design Studio, this unorthodox design replaces strings with a multi-touch screen, allowing the user to adjust the number of “strings” and frets, as well as tuning and sound effects. A wireless command center that permits endless customization and infinite possibilities of expression.

Designer: Max Battaglia

145 Comments

  • Gregory Barreto says:

    Idiots, this is more a synth for people who's guitar's their main instrument. It's not meant to replace the guitar in any way. I could see this as in invaluable tool in the studio or even live. Cool stuff guys.

  • LESPAUL70 says:

    Well…can we spell "GUITAR HERO"? After this initial thought wears off, this is a cool idea in the hands of a studio player or someone who likes to see where the guitar can go (think Les Paul) this is probably where it's at for them. Beginner guitar players need not apply. Robert Moog (father of the synthsizer) once said upon its unveiling, "Right now, musicians aren't sure what to do with this new sound. It will take them a few years to integrate this into mainstream music". It is possible this could be the next generation guitar players' dream come true. Remains to be seen.

  • LESPAUL70 says:

    Well…can we spell “GUITAR HERO”? After this initial thought wears off, this is a cool idea in the hands of a studio player or someone who likes to see where the guitar can go (think Les Paul) this is probably where it's at for them. Beginner guitar players need not apply. Robert Moog (father of the synthsizer) once said upon its unveiling, “Right now, musicians aren't sure what to do with this new sound. It will take them a few years to integrate this into mainstream music”. It is possible this could be the next generation guitar players' dream come true. Remains to be seen.

  • Jackson says:

    I'm sure you would still have to take lessons and learn theory. It doesn't play the music for you, it's just a new concept so you don't have to buy an entirely new guitar just to get a couple of extra strings or frets, and buy new equipment to get different sounds. You still have to know what you're playing.

  • Jimmy says:

    Yeah, everything you just said.

  • Joshua Thelonious Smith says:

    Am I the only one who thinks this isn't a horrible idea ??? Custom sound effects would be badass, and changing tunings and number of strings saves money and time in a matter of seconds. I think people are being a little too closed minded about this. Whether or not it actually catches on is how natural it sounds and feels but it definitely has potential.

  • Joshua Thelonious Smith says:

    Am I the only one who thinks this isn't a horrible idea ??? Custom sound effects would be badass, and changing tunings and number of strings saves money and time in a matter of seconds. I think people are being a little too closed minded about this. Whether or not it actually catches on is how natural it sounds and feels but it definitely has potential.

  • Jasper says:

    It might be fun, I don't know. You could probably get some pretty cool new sounds of it. I doubt it'll replace a Telecaster into a Twin Reverb, or a Les Paul into a Marshall stack, but that's not what it's made for anyway. It can surely do lots of crazy atmospheric and synth effects no traditional guitar could ever do. I play keyboards and the difference between this and a normal guitar looks to me like the difference between a Roland Jupiter and a harpsichord. If it's not priced out of the market it could work wonders.

  • Jasper says:

    It might be fun, I don't know. You could probably get some pretty cool new sounds of it. I doubt it'll replace a Telecaster into a Twin Reverb, or a Les Paul into a Marshall stack, but that's not what it's made for anyway. It can surely do lots of crazy atmospheric and synth effects no traditional guitar could ever do. I play keyboards and the difference between this and a normal guitar looks to me like the difference between a Roland Jupiter and a harpsichord. If it's not priced out of the market it could work wonders.

  • Frankie says:

    this is cool and all.. but why in the world would anyone play this over a real guitar?

  • Frankie says:

    this is cool and all.. but why in the world would anyone play this over a real guitar?

  • Ricardo says:

    A idia legal, mas este produto no pode ser considerado um instrumento musical, pois no tem componente fsico que emita vibraes sonoras, tipo cordas, membranas, palhetas, tubos, etc.
    A partir do momento que se tira este corpo vibratrio perde-se a essncia da msica que propriamente dita a SENSIBILIDADE utilizada na execuo de peas musicais.
    Ao desenvolver um projeto deste deve-se tomar cuidado ao tipo de pblico/usurio que se quer atingir!

    The idea is cool, but this product can not be considered a musical instrument because it has no physical component that sends sound vibrations, like strings, membranes, straws, pipes, etc..
    From the moment you take this vibrating body loses the essence of music that is itself used in implementing the SENSITIVITY of musical pieces.
    When developing a project that should be taken care of the type of public / user you want to achieve!

  • Jason says:

    I see both sides. But, you realize a huge flaw when you try to STRUM IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. Are you supposed to glide your finger over the touch screen? How often does anyone want to change # of frets or strings? And there is already real guitars that blend digital options. Gibson has a self tuning guitar, Other brands have built in sound effects, there is already wireless… If you ask me, I would never replace a wooden neck for an injection molded plastic one. Other people here have mentioned guitar hero and that is what this would be like. I am all for customizing guitars and conceptualizing, but you need wood, and strings. Thats about it. This has neither. Its plastic. Which means it doesnt hold up over time unlike a wooden guitar which gets BETTER over time. How about a real guitar with a touch sensitive wooden fretboard with thin touch membrane overlay? You need to push the envelope with material while improving the experience. This takes away the experience, and EVERYTHING is TOUCH nowadays, its played out… I like synth ideas for guitars but this one is a miss.

  • Jason says:

    I see both sides. But, you realize a huge flaw when you try to STRUM IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. Are you supposed to glide your finger over the touch screen? How often does anyone want to change # of frets or strings? And there is already real guitars that blend digital options. Gibson has a self tuning guitar, Other brands have built in sound effects, there is already wireless… If you ask me, I would never replace a wooden neck for an injection molded plastic one. Other people here have mentioned guitar hero and that is what this would be like. I am all for customizing guitars and conceptualizing, but you need wood, and strings. Thats about it. This has neither. Its plastic. Which means it doesnt hold up over time unlike a wooden guitar which gets BETTER over time. How about a real guitar with a touch sensitive wooden fretboard with thin touch membrane overlay? You need to push the envelope with material while improving the experience. This takes away the experience, and EVERYTHING is TOUCH nowadays, its played out… I like synth ideas for guitars but this one is a miss.

  • Jason says:

    there is nothing better that the feeling of real strings vibrating over magnetic pickups amplifying the true sound of a guitar. Just listen to zepplin, santana, pink floyd. I wonder why no one makes real classics anymore, maybe has something to do with all technology brought into the game. We lose sight of making REAL music.

  • Jason says:

    there is nothing better that the feeling of real strings vibrating over magnetic pickups amplifying the true sound of a guitar. Just listen to zepplin, santana, pink floyd. I wonder why no one makes real classics anymore, maybe has something to do with all technology brought into the game. We lose sight of making REAL music.

  • Quantum Kat says:

    truthfully its a cool idea, but the strings have a big play in how a guitar is played, i mean yeah it looks great sitting in your living room but can you shred on that? no, theres no strings to individually pick its just a big rounded bump. you cant pick an individual string or even know what string you're playing because its all one chunk and not 6 individual strings. i think this is a great idea for another type of instrument, if it has some type of unique sound than its definitely worth having around as a model of guitars, if it doesnt do anything that a guitar or synth wouldn't do then its sadly just a nice house decoration

  • Quantum Kat says:

    truthfully its a cool idea, but the strings have a big play in how a guitar is played, i mean yeah it looks great sitting in your living room but can you shred on that? no, theres no strings to individually pick its just a big rounded bump. you cant pick an individual string or even know what string you're playing because its all one chunk and not 6 individual strings. i think this is a great idea for another type of instrument, if it has some type of unique sound than its definitely worth having around as a model of guitars, if it doesnt do anything that a guitar or synth wouldn't do then its sadly just a nice house decoration

  • StarShine333 says:

    The touch pad technology can allow for a new technique of music, because it can do things a stringed guitar can't. New music and new styles can be produced. Also, it may turn out to be easier than guitar, allowing for more people to experience music. Embrace new instruments. It's a chance for music to grow!

  • Whiskey Jack says:

    "Sound of Muzak" from Porcupine Tree. I'm depressed as shit now, cause it's coming true.

  • Whiskey Jack says:

    “Sound of Muzak” from Porcupine Tree. I'm depressed as shit now, cause it's coming true.

  • contempt4gravy says:

    It's silly and bizarrely paranoid to fear this gadget replacing the guitar. Do acoustic pianos no longer exist because of the electronic keyboard? Did V-drums kill the conventional shells and skins? I'm looking forward to a functional version of this thing!

    One side of the comments insist that, once it actually exists, this thing would be difficult to play. Others say it would be easy and eclipse the need to put the hard work in and learn an instrument.

    Does anyone have a compelling case for why digital instruments and conventional instruments are an either/or concept?

  • dave says:

    I think I would like to see someone play it or actually play it myself before I castigated it.I’ve played for 53 years and I have seen many innovations,inventions and improvements in that time.Some have made it some have not…..let time be the judge not you.

  • Bill says:

    Finally, an air guitar people can see !

  • bob says:

    I don’t know. If it were actaully made it would probably be the same cost as two or three mid range guitars so i’m not buyin

  • This guy says:

    this is not a guitar this is like some rock band game crap

  • AlyxAlexis says:

    As a learning giutar player, this is horrible. I’m 14 & I would rather play my guitar with strings & a pick. But when this may “replace” guitars, I’ll be one of the lucky ones that still has a real one.

    But i feel like playing Rockband now that i look at this horrendous contraption.

  • Beavis says:

    I’d just like to respond since making music is an altogether creative and freeform process, by “Expediating” the process, you are naturally diminishing the overall creativity and time spent around music. When you turn a leisure activity into something that needs to be time efficient, you are actually taking the “soul” out of it. So ya, this product is stupid. PS. EXPENSIVE really now? and these newer “Guitars” are gonna be less expensive? thats either stupidity or a bullshit marketing ploy.

  • Lord Mason says:

    This thing is stupid! Like one person commented “GUITAR HERO” and this thing is just a over glorified guitar from Guitar Hero! Whoever buys this should get a real F*****G TALENT!

  • jimmy hoe says:

    This thing is for dorks. If you want REAL innovation, try a moog guitar.

  • MyNameisName says:

    Looks cool but that’s just about it, I would never play this! Ruins the true feel of a real guitar.

  • dmacb says:

    that’s awesome, give me a more traditional body shape and i’ll start setting aside my pennies.

  • ted says:

    they already do, its called auto-tune

  • Maverick Joseph Korvin says:

    The Day The Music Died.

  • Brian says:

    …I really really disapprove… I’ve tried fake playing without strings when I was replacing my strings last time and it was hella weird… No strings at all sounds like a really bad idea… Forever.

  • Matt says:

    I’m sure Matt Bellamy already has one by now… 🙂

  • Not You says:

    So most of the arguement for this guitar is the fact that your lazy. If you would go so far to spend more money on a guitar because you cant tune it yourself or replace the strings because your lazy? You do realize you can change the stings in a matter of minutes, and retuning a guitar takes seconds? Even if you want to go to dadgad its easy as pie. As for recording, you can just do the same thing with fruity loops, IF you know theory, so its pretty much a redundant product made to glorify the modern age. It seems more like another gimmick for whoever is selling it to make a quick buck on people who will let it sit in the corner of their house and somehow learn to get it to play Jimmy Buffet on its own.

  • Matt Spire says:

    Hmm. Well, I can see plenty of arguments for and against, but as with most instruments that are more electronic the obvious concern is the amount of expression. I’m a keyboardist and guitarist, and even with some of the wonderful keyboards out there these days, this is why I always gravitate towards guitar–it’s just such an expressive instrument.

    I don’t see how they could accurately model things like harmonics without an actual string component, even if it’s not on the neck.

    Seems like this would just be a much better version of your run of the mill MIDI guitar, hopefully with better synthesis. With that in mind, it’s a nice tool but not the “future of guitar.”

  • Bill says:

    Whilst Electric devices have some good points (extended range, greater flexibility more sounds) some others have some natural flaws.(electric pianos and electric drums share the same flaw, lack of overtones) Instruments like electric guitar and violin and such(things that still have strings but are electric) can be improved cause they’re electric (a natural violin can only have four strings, otherwise it might break, electric violins have as many as six now) Now Electric drums and pianos are “empty” in a way, you can’t do some of the natural things that natural instrument can (technology can’t YET reproduce the millions of overtones a piano produces when played) Am I trashing this guitar? No! I think it has it’s purposes but it’ll never successfully reproduce a guitar. But this instrument expands the capabilities of what we can do with one instrument, with such technology,(from a teacher’s stand point) tweaked a little bit, we can let a child figure out what instrument is best for them before purchasing a billion instruments. Also would be a good MIDI controller. And the multiply options would allow any good musician to really explore all their options and really voice what’s in their head, something I been hindered by before myself. I definitely want this instrument!

  • Joe scott says:

    whats the Point of even learning the guitar anymore then? this takes away of the idea that practice makes perfect ! With this lame what ever you want to call it keypad, then anyone can be a so called musicican and music no longer comes from the heart and soul anymore! This takes away from any musician that has real technique from years of practicing, gone down the tubes!, when you screw up on the guitar you can hear it , if you screw up on this thing no matter, it will fix the notes in real time so no one know`s how lousy you`re at playing a real instrument!!!

  • Spaz says:

    I believe it’s more impressive to teach yourself how to play. Some of the greatest players in history never took any lessons or learned music theory. Plus that stuff costs money. Don’t bash people who don’t take lessons.

  • Zacko says:

    … from 2112 🙂 Except that guitar lifeson played was real

  • This isn’t as all that good.

  • Deryck King says:

    Music may grow but given the fac t that it’s easier we’ll get more crappy music faster. Even more so than we do today with that easy “click some buttons and make music fit for a rapper” stuff. Sure it’ll be cool but it again is taking out another part that makes music music, and that’s talent

  • bot says:

    This is just a keyboard!

  • Tim says:

    Times change, if this guitar well thats the form
    Of it, people if this guitar brings more people out thats what it’s about. Don’t kid yourself i’d
    Never give up my stringed guitars and i’v played guitar for 24 years!!!!!!!

  • Bill says:

    Don’t call it a guitar.
    It isn’t.
    A guitar is something that requires skill and soul.
    Don’t e v e n insult those of us who actually took the time to learn how to play guitar.

  • Jakob says:

    Ide imagine because it takes the beauty of playing and learning about a guitar and turns it into a simple selection of sound and placement of fingers. I hope they do come out with it. Just so in the hopes that the Dj’s that don’t know how to play guitar will try it. and a more diverse playing “style” may emerge.

  • cody says:

    Seriously people. Calm your selves. I don’t think this guitar is meant to kill guitars. its actually really awesome. Coming from someone who is in a band, and plays many instruments, its not some “rock band piece of crap” its not colored buttons, it works the same as a guitar, just no strings. You all know, if you walked into guitar center and saw one, you would pick it up and play with it. Then you would go “this thing is totally cool.”it has an awesome looking design, and is the top of the line electronics as it appears. So while you wont see it replacing guitarists real guitars, you have to give it respect for the amazing, intuitive design.

    • Sean says:

      Took the words out of my mouth. It’s not so much a guitar as it is an instrument of its own kind that looks a lot like a guitar. It really doesn’t seem like it would play much like a guitar as it would a continuum that you hold. In fact, by definition this isn’t technically a guitar so I really don’t see what everyone is getting so worked up about.

    • Sean says:

      Took the words out of my mouth. It’s not so much a guitar as it is an instrument of its own kind that looks a lot like a guitar. It really doesn’t seem like it would play like a guitar as much as it would a continuum that you hold.

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