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Forget everything you know about guitars – acoustic or otherwise — because a hi-tech guitar has been designed that replaces strings and strumming with a touchscreen and Linux. The Misa Digital Guitar is shaped like a traditional electric guitar, but made from plastic and – instead of strumming — requires the player to tap their …

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So it's...

Basically a guitar shaped midi controller with an annoying touch screen.

Oh well, the idea sounded good.

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WTF?

Is it just me...

And it could just be because I'm listening to it on the work PC, with crappy speakers, but doesn't that just sound like the sound effects from a first-generation 16bit console game?

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Pedants 'r' us

"equally-sized frets"

Probably, but I think you mean "equally-spaced frets".

"Sound is produced by plugging the instrument into a Midi controller."

Sound is produced by plugging the instrument into a MIDI sound module.

Fixed!

Not for me though, thank you.

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Hmmmm

I suppose you could play the bongos on this too. Which can't be done on a real guitar. If it costs less than 50 quid great. If not i'll wait till I see him playing Cavatina on it , then I'll buy one.

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Recommendation.

Instead of spending money getting your kid one of these things, get them proper guitar lessons. If they have any aptitude, buy 'em a used guitar for home use. I've seen (and purchased!) decent acoustic guitars[1] at garage sales and junk shops for under $25 on occasion, and Fender/Gibson knock-offs, plus small practice amp, for under $100[2] on the used market.

Once they know how to play the stringed version (assuming ... why do you think the cheap knock-offs are plentiful and cheap?), they *might* want to get one of these Misa-things, should be easy to make the transition ... but I guarantee that learning on one of these will make the transition to strings difficult. Kinda like trying to teach a kid who learned BASIC as a first language proper technique in C or assembler.

[1] Not Martins, by any stretch, but not buzzy, real steel strings, decent hardware, capable of staying in tune, and plenty good enough to learn on. When I find 'em I give 'em away to kids I teach who can't afford their own.

[2] Again, not professional quality, but OK sounding once I readjust the pickups etc., and capable of staying in tune for more than five or six minutes. These I sell for the price I purchased them for, after setting them up properly. It's amazing how cocked up an electric guitar can get in the hands of a kid who hasn't a clue ...

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Why...

has he messed with the fret intervals? Surely this will put off "proper" guitarists who will need to re-learn left hand positions.

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