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You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
How does it work?
There are 6 dampening pads. Each dampening pad can be adjusted to make a small amount of contact with each string. When the fabric comes into contact with the string, it alters the timbre to give it a twangy banjo sound.
Does it work on acoustic guitars?
It is not designed for acoustics, however, we have tested it on an acoustic before and it gives it more of a sitar-like sound.
Does this attach to curved bodies?
Not at the moment. It’s designed for guitars with a flat body surface. We may come out with an accessory that would be a replacement part for the mounting base which would accommodate more common curved bodied guitars, such as a Les Paul.
Where is it made?
It's made and assembled right here in the US!
Can you turn it on and off quickly?
Yes. Without taking the device off, you can loosen the side screw, rotate the main body out of the way, then tighten it again.
How does it mount to the guitar?
On the bottom of the mounting base is microsuction material. This material has thousands of microscopic air pockets that create partial vacuums between the tape and the surface. The great thing about it is that it has a strong hold without leaving any kind of sticky residue.
How did GUITAR-JO start?
Jon wanted a banjo sound for a song he was doing for a musical performance. He didn’t want to buy a banjo and learn it, so he tried to find digital guitar effects, which he soon found fell drastically short.
Jon discovered that dampening guitar strings using a cloth and other soft materials produced a sound similar to a banjo. However, the results were inconsistent, with the cloth often falling out of place while playing. So he started working on making something a little more reliable and came up with a plexiglass dampening device that attached to a guitar body with suction cups. A bar with fabric material on its underside could then be lowered onto the strings, or raised if too much pressure was applied. It produced a sound that was much more consistent with that of a real-world banjo.
When the HECK is this supposed to come out?
We will be running a Kickstarter campaign towards the end of 2017 to finally get GUITAR-JO® on the market. You will receive a GUITAR-JO® and other rewards before it hits the market by contributing certain dollar amounts to the campaign.
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What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter.com is a crowd funding company that allows you to start a project campaign (usually 30 days in length) to help new projects or products get off the ground.
Let's illustrate what the GUITAR-JO 2.0 Kickstarter COULD look like (these numbers are not necessarily final):
Let's say we set a goal of $25,000 and we choose a 30-day campaign. During the campaign, small contributions can be made by anyone who wants to see GUITAR-JO come to life, and for certain dollar amounts, you will get a reward if the campaign is fully funded (e.g. contribute $50 and you will receive a GUITAR-JO within a month of the campaign's completion). If by the end of the 30 days we do NOT reach $25,000, the campaign fails, BUT the backers don't get charged for their contribution.