I had this idea a few weeks ago, and noodled around, thinking about whether or not it could be done.Some of the hardware guys I know said it’s probably doable, but others said it’d be expensive and fragile and not precise enough. In order to have that conversation, though, I did a few sketches (I can’t draw to save my life!) and finally did a rigged demo to illustrate how it would work if it worked.
It wouldn’t actually work like an actual guitar; it’d be more like a Guitar Hero controller that could be used to jam along with a karaoke track or something like that.
I took some velcro, zip ties, wires, a remote audio amplifier and a camera remote control, and stuck it together so it looks about right, did the “demo” and then asked a friend who plays guitar to improvise appropriate sounds which I then rendered in to the final cut of the demo.
Several people started encouraging me to do a kickstarter for this. The problem is, I don’t think you could build a commercial version of this thing for under $250 a unit by the time you had all the R&D, which means it wouldn’t be cheap. And I hate the idea of doing a kickstarter in general: it’s like a start-up (I’ve done those!) where instead of having a board of directors as your boss, you have a great big flock of chickens. Instead of having 5 or 6 people telling you what to do, you’ve got thousands and they’re all contradicting eachother and yelling at you. Sounds like fun? I don’t think so.