A Digital Guitar Can Be Different
Digital technologies have made a lot of things possible that people now enjoy. But when it comes to guitars, there are some who argue about digital invading this world. So maybe a lot of this has to do with the perception of how digital can co-exist with today’s electric guitars. Or maybe it’s not about that at all but how digital, complete with smartphone app power, can bring a new focus and value to the guitar player who isn’t looking to replace their electric but instead looking for a compact and portable model to augment their life. That’s why the Jammy Super-Portable Digital Guitar comes in playing hard.
Jammy Is A Digital Guitar But It’s Different
Jammy is a digital guitar but don’t think it’s like Guitar Hero or some video game accessory. Here we have a digital device that provides the basics of what a guitar is: frets and strings and a construction that holds it together in a format that is familiar. With the included hex key and screwdriver, the parts assemble through a simple series of efforts: a base accepting a longer handle into position that was separated into two pieces prior. A bit more puts it all together in less than 5 minutes. Once assembled, one holds the now assembled guitar in the usual fashion, with a hand against the frets and the other ready to strum with or without a pick. Controls now accessible include volume and power — no tuning is needed as the strings will be digitally tuned when the power is turned on.
Digital Guitar Control
Initially, connecting the iOS/Android app to the guitar allows any firmware update to be installed. It’s possible to use headphones or connect the guitar to an amplifier/powered speaker. With this done, now it’s time to try out this digital guitar — which behaves unsurprisingly similar to an electric one. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, although some adaptations of use will be necessary and some “muscle memory” will need to be ignored, for example finding the “sweet spot” on the strings when struck — overall it’s more of an aesthetic leap. Having the control over the sound and pre-installed effects through an app (we’ll get to that in a bit) plus the portability and convenience of Jammy can’t be overstated, especially for those who just want to take out their guitar and play whenever.
Digital App Control
Now as to that app, think of it like a remote control that doesn’t have to be used but, once connected to Jammy, allows for a number of options and choices, for example switching from the default “clean” electric to an acoustic steel string guitar. The string sensitivity can be altered as well as changing the tuning or adding an invisible Capo. That knob used for volume can now enact an effect chosen, with backing tracks that will play directly from Jammy while you improvise (one really cool feature that unfortunately shows up just how much lack of practice there has been on this end). Plus there’s a metronome. Additions to the app will only make Jammy more useful. And with the auto record feature, performing well means not losing what had been played.
Jammy Is A Real Guitar But Different
There’s also the added feature of Jammy being a MIDI controller. To simplify, you can plug the Jammy into your computer/laptop and through software (example: DAW) access the “sounds” of other instruments. So that means you can strum the strings and hear something totally unlike that of a guitar — for example a keyboard or drum beats. Or synthesized sounds. Or just as a means to record what you play and then be able to “go into” the performance and make alterations/changes without having to redo the entire recording.
Jammy has its advanced MIDI controls actuated through use of the volume knob and the built in accelerometer, with a recent update addding presets for matching DAW and plugins along with palm muting.
Now as to power -- Jammy provides this through an internal rechargeable battery (battery life, on average, providing about 6 hours of play time although of course YMMV). So it is truly portable.
Jammy is not a pretend toy guitar — there’s tapping, muting and vibrato and a low latency response — heck the strings are adjustable, with 15 standard sized frets along a body that can fit inside a backpack once disassembled. They even toss in a strap and a set of guitar picks. So it’s a useful addition to one’s musical journey, retailing for $499.00. For more details (and to use the promo code HUBPAGES50 for a discount, go to http://bit.ly/hubpages-jammy