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May 21, 2013

Gittler Guitar — Time to shred

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Wrote Roberto Baldwin about this remarkable instrument in the June issue of Wired: "It may look like something from Zaphod Beeblebrox's collection of exotic weaponry, but the all titanium Gittler guitar is an expressive, unique, and entirely earthly musical instrument that offers a galaxy of possibilities. The neck, with its 31 perfectly cylindrical frets, has a wider octave range than a standard ax (Fender's iconic Stratocaster has a mere 21 frets), and its lack of a fretboard lets players vary the pressure applied to the strings to find those elusive 'notes between the notes.' What's more, each string has its own active pickup, allowing for a complex harmonic palette. While this guitar is not a brand new concept — Andy Summers played one of the original run of 60 handmade models in the 1983 video for the Police's 'Synchronicity II' — Allan Gittler's design has been thoroughly updated for 2013. The latest incarnation features a MIDI output and an array of LED fret markers: the pinpoints of light help orient the guitarist on dark stages and throw off an eerie glow that illuminates the player's face."

$4,395.

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They are making 100 of the new ones for their first run and one of those is mine, I can't wait! The new Gittler is titanium and is actually pretty light. You can also bend the entire instrument and slide past the 31st fret right down to the tuners. An amazing piece of gear for sure.

Posted by: John | May 22, 2013 7:55:56 AM

I've held one of these (Dallas Guitar show, circa 1990). Cool, but heavy.

Posted by: Craig | May 21, 2013 7:37:48 AM

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