It would really be a combination of things that makes both the Brian Moore and iGuitar products distinctive -
- Comfort: design elements such as the comfort contoured top, sculpted headstock
-Quality: it is manufactured in an ISO 9002 certified factory and then we add Sperel tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups
- Setup: every guitar is set up and inspected at out NY faciity. Each guitar goes though the same detailed check list as our custom shop guitars.
-Technolgy: we feature piezo, 13pin and now USB technology giving guitars tremendous tonal and creative possibilities
Inspiration comes from seeing industrial design ideas that create product improvements in other industries.
Living in NY, I am a huge fan of the button I can press the squirts magic fluid on my freezing windshield while driving on the Thruway during a blizzard.
While there is no direct connection, there is an influence.
I commented earlier how GC/Ash find it difficult to sell guitar-to-computer solutions because is requires training every guitar sales person to be knowledgeable on so many different software packages, and various audio interfaces, 13 pin interfaces, midi interface and studio gear, correct version drivers for every version OS, etc! (not every guitar guy can be a ProTools engineer!)
As a result, most retailers miss the opportunity to bring guitarists into this area...and the way it typically goes is a handfull of guitarists buy these things and figure it out by themselves - hence it never goes mainstream.
If you observe the PC industry, there is a trend towards the convenience of having things 'built-in'.
It was nice to have a CD/DVD player sitting on the desk next to my laptop, it is even nicer when that CD/DVD player is built in.
This was certainly an influence on the idea of eliminating all the external audio and midi interfaces needed to connect the guitarist to the computer.
By making them 'built-in' and creating and easy 'plug and play' experience, we also make it easier to retailer to share the experience with customers.
Let me reinforce that we do not seek to change this wonderful thing called an electric guitar with fabulous tone woods, great Duncan pickups, etc. we are simply making it easier to connect to the computer/recording studio environment.
Inspiration comes from lots of places.
It was to participate today, thanks for all the great questions.
A few parting points:
- Our Custom Shop is offering piezo, 13pin and USB upgrades on our guitars and most standard model guitars ( ie; les paul style, strats ) and now feature the Graphtech Ghost system which allows piezo/13pin on Floyd style guitars. You can register for our email newsletter and get more info here:
- We also sell our instruments factory direct, with several unique pieces available here: http://iguitar.com/CustomShop/shipped.asp
(there are also some cool instruments not listed)
- We will be producing a number of LEFTY Custom Shop models as a Fall Special, if you know any lefty players looking for a special guitar with our technology features
- We also offer a cash prize for email sales referrals $50 for iGuitar and $100 for Custom Shops if your referral results in a sale.
For bassists we recommend an RMC piezo/13pin system with and Axon synth. The combination of the Piezo pickups quickly tranferring string information combined with Axons technology would be the best iBass solution.
My info is below if you would like to contact us directly.
I had no computer access and could participate.. Congrats Erik! Thank you Patrick for your time ! I look forward to reading thru and learning all I can!
There is a Magnificent used Brian Moore at local GC that I have played and drooled over a couple of times.. I think they are asking over $2000 so it wont be coming home..
Great to have some one like you here advancing the state of the art in electric guitars !
I know I will drive you nuts with questions soon .
I have a Godin LGXSA and love it .
The more manufactures that jump in with both feet on the midi-synthesizer / electric guitar the better for all to reap the benefits .
Can't wait to fire off some serious questions at ya
It started for me with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in 54 on a Blues Harp and progressed , then life .....some death ....Evolving as I went like a small rock in a stream rounding out as I went with the flow as I go through the white waters and waterfalls of life . Life has always been interesting to me