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Zivix doubles the portable playing fun for next gen smart guitar

Zivix doubles the portable pla...
The 3rd generation Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 smart guitars will be the subject of a Kickstarter campaign in March
The 3rd generation Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 smart guitars will be the subject of a Kickstarter campaign in March
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The Jamstik 7 has two more frets than previous generations, and both a capacitive fretboard and optical sensing technology
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The Jamstik 7 has two more frets than previous generations, and both a capacitive fretboard and optical sensing technology
The real strings of the 3rd gen Jamstik smart guitars are tensioned from the "bridge" end of the instrument
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The real strings of the 3rd gen Jamstik smart guitars are tensioned from the "bridge" end of the instrument
The Jamstik 7 runs on AA batteries
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The Jamstik 7 runs on AA batteries
The 3rd generation Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 smart guitars will be the subject of a Kickstarter campaign in March
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The 3rd generation Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 smart guitars will be the subject of a Kickstarter campaign in March
On-device menu controls are new to the 3rd generation Jamstik smart guitars
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On-device menu controls are new to the 3rd generation Jamstik smart guitars
As it's name suggests, the Jamstik 12 has 12 frets
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As it's name suggests, the Jamstik 12 has 12 frets
The Jamstik 12 features a capacitive fretboard and optical sensing technology
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The Jamstik 12 features a capacitive fretboard and optical sensing technology
The Jamstik 12 (top) is aimed at experienced players and pros, while the Jamstik 7 (bottom) is for everyone from learners to seasoned pickers
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The Jamstik 12 (top) is aimed at experienced players and pros, while the Jamstik 7 (bottom) is for everyone from learners to seasoned pickers
The expected retail price of the Jamstik 12 (left) is $399, while the Jamstik 7 (right) comes in at $199
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The expected retail price of the Jamstik 12 (left) is $399, while the Jamstik 7 (right) comes in at $199
Like earlier generations (shown here), the Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 pair wirelessly over Bluetooth to a companion app running on a smartphone or tablet
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Like earlier generations (shown here), the Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 pair wirelessly over Bluetooth to a companion app running on a smartphone or tablet

Zivix has announced the third generation of its pleasantly portable Jamstik smart guitar MIDI controller. The company is now offering different models to serve learners and more experienced players – with more frets, more power and (hopefully) more picking fun.

2013's original Jamstik had just five frets on which to noodle, but players could move up and down a virtual full scale neck via the companion iOS app. A version that made use of Bluetooth wireless connection rather than Wi-Fi followed in 2015, but rocked the same number of frets. For the third gen Jamstik, Zivix has added two more frets to create the Jamstik 7, but has also added another model to the line.

While the 7 is aimed squarely at everyone from learners to players, the Jamstik 12 (yes, with 12 frets) has been developed for power players and pros. Both flavors have been treated to a capacitive touch fretboard and state-of-the-art optical sensing technology for improved tracking accuracy.

At a little more than 18 inches long, the Jamstik 7 retains the portability of the original design, albeit with two more frets for improved playability, and keeps the beginner-friendly low price point. It runs on AA batteries, which are reported to be good for 72 hours of picking, and is connected to a smartphone or tablet running the companion app over Bluetooth.

The Jamstik 12 (top) is aimed at experienced players and pros, while the Jamstik 7 (bottom) is for everyone from learners to seasoned pickers
The Jamstik 12 (top) is aimed at experienced players and pros, while the Jamstik 7 (bottom) is for everyone from learners to seasoned pickers

As you might expect, the 12 fret Jamstik is a tad less backpack-friendly at 25.5 inches long. Zivix says that users of the bigger model can look forward to an extended feature set and a processing power bump.

The neck and optical pickup both get more dense arrays of sensors to help capture expressive playing and offer more realism, and the 12 runs on a Li-ion battery. The smart instrument's USB port doubles as a charge port and cabled MIDI connection, though the Jamstik 12 does still have Bluetooth LE for wireless freedom.

Zivix expects the retail price for the Jamstik 7 to be US$199, and $399 for the Jamstik 12, but will doubtless be offering substantial savings opportunities for pre-launch supporters who back the company's Kickstarter campaign in March.

Visitors to the NAMM show in California this week can find out more at the Zivix booth in Hall A.

Update May 3, 2018: The Jamstik 7 and Jamstik 12 have now launched on Indiegogo, where pledges for the 7 start at $179 and at $349 for the 12. The campaign has already reached its funding goal with a month left to run. If everything else shapes up as it should, shipping is estimated to start in January 2019. You can see the pitch video after the source link below.

Source: Zivix

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