The End For Guitarists: A Machine That Plays Guitars

An incredible technological effort from Georgia Tech Institute   01-Aug-13

The End For Guitarists: A Machine That Plays Guitars


Imagine our delight in the office when we stumbled over a machine that actually plays guitar all by itself. As guitarists, we can just put our feet up, press a button, and let the machine do the work for us.

Boffins at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Engineering built a machine called the Crazy J, which can fret and pluck notes, and is programmed using a MIDI sequencer.

The routing goes from the MIDI sequencer, into a HC11 and then the control board and power board which together control the solenoids and switches responsible for fretting and plucking.

Teflon plectrums are powered by the solenoids, and if the sound clips on the Crazy J website are anything to go by, it can certainly do the job.

The machine doesn't cover the entire fretboard, but it is able to play a total of 29 notes. Personally we'd love to see a video of it in action.

You can listen to it here.

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not impressed    Said...

It would have taken less time and sounded much better just to learn to play the guitar rather than build this machine. This sounds awful and only goes to fifth fret.

05-Aug-13 10:34 AM


a3j7n    Said...

are you for real? do you think they built this so that they wouldn't have to learn guitar?

still pretty awesome to be able to sequence an acoustic instrument. a good programmer could come up with some groundbreaking stuff

06-Aug-13 03:07 PM


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