Guitar purists, this one's for you: the Misa digital guitar. It's basically the best thing since the keytar! "Guitars by their very nature have limitations," its inventor says. "Electronic music cannot be played effectively with such constraints."
I know what you're saying, shredder: "O RLY?" But give it a chance. After all, Wayne Coyne strapped a Kaoscillator to his guitar and installed a Guitar Hero controller as the second neck. So.
In electronic music, the timbre (or colour) of the sound can be morphed in an infinite number of ways. For a guitar to accommodate this, the right hand needs more control than just plucking strings. You need to be able to control elements of the sound, such as sustain, pitch, filter cutoffs, contour or any other synthesizer parameter, in a way that has no physical constraints.
This was my thought process when designing the Misa digital guitar. There are no strings on this instrument. The right hand doesn't pluck strings, it controls sound.
So don't compare Misa digital guitars to acoustic guitars or electric guitars. Those are different instruments, for different artforms, for different music. This is electronic music.
Check the sweet video demo.
I wanna see Brad Paisley play one of these things. Guitarists, knob-tweakers, what say you? Does this mean we'll finally see some power slides at a Hands off Cuba show?