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A match made in tone heaven: the jamstik+ smart learning guitar and the award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app
A match made in tone heaven: the jamstik+ smart learning guitar and the award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app
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The jamstik+ smart guitar for learners sports IR finger tracking, Bluetooth connectivity and real guitar strings
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The jamstik+ smart guitar for learners sports IR finger tracking, Bluetooth connectivity and real guitar strings
The IR light-sensing tech in the jamstik+ is said to help speed up the learning curve and allow students to correct mistakes before they become bad habits
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The IR light-sensing tech in the jamstik+ is said to help speed up the learning curve and allow students to correct mistakes before they become bad habits
The jamstik+ is a whole lot less intimidating for learners than a full-size acoustic guitar
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The jamstik+ is a whole lot less intimidating for learners than a full-size acoustic guitar
Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess with the jamstik+, which now has direct support in his award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app
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Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess with the jamstik+, which now has direct support in his award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app
A match made in tone heaven: the jamstik+ smart learning guitar and the award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app
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A match made in tone heaven: the jamstik+ smart learning guitar and the award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app

Following a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in 2013 and subsequent release in the wild, a stubby 5-fret learning tool called the jamstik was then treated to improved picking detection, faster processing and Wi-Fi connectivity exchanged for Bluetooth. Now its makers have snagged direct support for the mini six string in the latest version of Wizdom Music's award winning music creation app, GeoShred.

Zivix, the company behind the jamstik learning and practice tool, says that its MIDI-enabled smart guitar is the only product to use IR light-sensing technology to register finger placement and provide real-time feedback. This is said to help speed up the (often steep) learning curve and allow students to deal with mistakes before they turn into nasty habits.

The second gen jamstik (called the jamstik+) is reported good for more than 8 hours of play time per charge of its replaceable Lithium battery, rocks real guitar strings up top and comes with three iOS apps ready for download to an Apple smart device – jamStik+, jamTutor and jamMix.

The GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app was the result of a collaboration between Dream Theater keysman extraordinaire Jordan Rudess and developer moForte. The app makes use of physically-modeled guitar tones, mixes in digital effects and a multi-touch performance space, to offer the player "realistic guitar sounds that bend, stretch and manipulate the sound into endless possibilities."

Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess with the jamstik+, which now has direct support in his award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app
Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess with the jamstik+, which now has direct support in his award winning GeoShred virtual guitar and effects app

You can see and hear Rudess demonstrating the kind of virtuoso performance possible with the original version of the app in his The Shred Awakens video. In addition to cooking in MIDI and MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) support, version 2 of the app-based instrument has a built-in MIDI configuration specifically created for the jamstik+.

As you can see from the demo video below, GeoShred brings a whole new level of sonic realism and expression to the jamstik+. Zivix will be demonstrating the combined technologies at moForte's Winter NAMM booth in California this week. And visitors can also expect to see a few performances from Rudess himself.

The jamstick+ is available now for a suggested retail price of US$299.99. The GeoShred app is normally priced at $29.99, but Wizdom is running a NAMM special offer where it can be downloaded for $19.99 for a limited time.

Source: moForte

Check out GeoShred, the app takes the Jamstik+ to a whole new level

1 comment
Brian M
But its still not really a true guitar - more of an instrument in its own right!