The newest guitar
Lewry's newest video guitar, seen here, is an edgier design geared toward heavy metal. Two videos loaded on the instrument are a crawling bug video and clips from King Kong. Weighing in at about 9 pounds, the guitar is similar in weight to Fender Strats and Gibson Les Paul guitars.
This isn't the end of innovation for Ben Lewry and Visionary Instruments. While so much technological change has come to musical instruments in the past few decades, most of it has come in the hardware accompanying instruments. The sounds are affected through changes in amplifiers and manipulated with pedals.
Lewry sees a new dynamic emerging in guitar playing, where custom tones and sounds are created right in the guitar with MIDI, and the guitar itself becomes a visual focus of the performance.
November 5, 2009 12:02 PM PST
Photo by: James Martin/CNET
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