While most guitarists strive to perfect the quality of sound and techniques of guitar legends past and present, they’re also not afraid to test out the newest gadgets that aim to revolutionize how to play the guitar.
What do The Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, Pink Floyd and Linkin Park all have in common? Aside from hitting the top of the charts repeatedly, their guitarists have all used an EBow to create a one of a kind synthesizer like sound without the use of plug-in effects. By replacing your guitar pic with the EBow, the hand-held electronic bow is able to mimic the sound of strings, horns, and woodwinds through the vibrations your strings make. Now you know how Queen made all of those great sustains in their first few albums without the help of a synthesizer. Buy your own EBow here!
Whether you’re a student living in a dorm or a boyfriend living with your girlfriend, it’s nearly impossible to find time to play your guitar without someone asking you to turn the volume down. Gadget developers IK Multimedia have created a slew of gadgets that are musically and iOS device friendly but the one that caught our eye was a plug in device called the iRig. This little chord lets you connect your guitar and headphones to an Apple product to use as a mobile guitar amp and effects rig system via a free app. Expand your ‘gear’ with up to 11 stomps, 5 amps, 5 cabinets and 2 microphones in the AmpliTube app shop. Buy the iRig here!Price: $40
If you can’t deal with the hassle of carrying around a pedal board every open-mic night, this next gadget has your name written all over it. Advertised as “the ultimate stompbox for musicians” the iStomp pedal gives users the ability to recreate the sound of any kind of pedal with the help of an iPhone, iPad or iPod. Simply plug in your guitar to the iStomp and the stomp pad to your iOS device and begin rocking. With sound and pedal effects starting at 4.99 on the iStomp app, the money you save on buying new pedals can be used on more important things like buying that hot girl a couple of drinks after your set. Buy your very own iStomp here!Price: $150
Marshall made the first amp you bought in high school, now they’re cornering the headphone market with an impressive line of in-ear and fully collapsible outer-ear headphones. Tested on mp3 players and amplifiers to ensure the clearest and richest quality of sound, as well as an Apple Certified guarantee, any of these headphones are a must have for a guitar fan. We love that the entire line has been designed to bear similar aesthetic qualities to their iconic amplifiers, and are not as expensive as other high quality name brand headphones on the market today. Buy your own pair of Marshall headphones here!Price: $60-180