Many of us are using amp simulation software on our computers and have to use an audio interface that can take the Hi-Z output from the pickup and get it into the computer usually by USB or FireWire. With the UG-1 guitar from ESI you wont need the interface anymore because the guitar is fitted with a USB output to plug straight into the computer.
The UG-I is presented as the USB JamMate UG-1 Electric Guitar Pack which includes the UG-1 guitar and Amplitube Live amp simulator software for variety of guitar effects and amp modeling. A headphone amp is built in for direct headphone connection and is supported by both PC and Mac. Also included are the essentials for the beginners such as headphones, a gig bag, the USB cable, strings, a strap, and even picks.
The UG-1 guitar also can work as standard electric guitar and is available in Black, Red, Cobalt Blue, and Tobacco Sunburst color bodies.
Here's some info taken from the website...
Plug & Play with USB
With the USB JamMate guitar you don't need to mess with audio cables, power cords, and guitar amps.
You are finally free from the analog guitar world.
Just plug the JamMate UG-1 guitar to your PC or Mac through the USB connection and you are ready to play.
No amp needed: your computer is the amplifier
Make music directly into your PC. You don't need a microphone or audio interface card.
The USB connection to your JamMate guitar is all you need.
Clean, professional digital sound direct from UG-1
The audio signal from your guitar's pickup will be instantly converted to a digital signal inside the JamMate guitar.
The signal then travels through the USB connection without any loss or noise.
The best practice environment ever with the built-in Headphone amp!
The JamMate guitar has a built-in Headphone Jack. You can monitor your playing with headphones directly from your guitar. The built-in stereo audio output is also provided for connection to other line level gear.
Also works as a standard electric guitar
JamMate UG-1 is a full scale electric guitar with USB and high quality audio features built-in. You can play it in the traditional analog way as well as new USB way with digital audio.
Amplitube Live amp simulator software included
$100 worth of amp simulator software is included. This will work as a professional guitar amplifier. With JamMate UG-1 and the software, you are ready for the professional quality guitar sound in the most easy way and inexpensive way.
WindowsÂ® XP and Mac OS X compatible Amplitube Live Amp Simulator Software
AmpliTubeÂ® Live - Guitar Amp & FX Modeling Software
3 Amps, 3 EQs, and 3 Cabinets
4 classic effects, including Wah, Reverb, Delay, and Overdrive
Stand alone (AmpliTubeÂ® Live) and plug-in (AmpliTubeÂ® LE)
AmpliTubeÂ® Live 128 presets; AmpliTubeÂ® LE 66 presets
MIDI foot controllable
Play live or record on WindowsÂ® XP or Mac OS X Hardware Specifications
25 1/2 scale, Rosewood fingerboard (22 frets)
3 Single-coil pickups
Hard maple neck
5-way pickup selector
Bolt on neck
1 Volume 2 Tone
Built in Headphone Amp
Basswood body The Complete USB JamMate Guitar Pack Includes;
JamMate UG-1 Full Size USB Electric Guitar
Amplitube Live Software Amp Simulator, ASIO audio driver (CD)