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Published on May 2nd, 2013 | by Alan Cross

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New Guitar Replaces Switches and Knobs with Touch Controls

Mark Anderson is an industrial designer in Los Angeles who also plays guitar.  He determined that the standard setup of knobs and switches on the body of a guitar aren’t always placed in the most ergonomically wise locations.  What to do?  Replace the knobs and switches with touchpads.

Read more at Gizmag.


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3 Responses to New Guitar Replaces Switches and Knobs with Touch Controls

  1. Dan Hill says:

    As a player of over 30 years, I've never found this to be a huge problem. The old system is also pretty good at letting you know your current volume, tone and pickup settings, I don't see how this does that?

  2. iamsuperdan says:

    Interesting idea. I could see the touch volume control being of use, but not if the pad has those logos all over it. Non very aesthetically pleasing at all.

    I've been playing guitar since 1987, and I don't recall ever having an issue with pickup selectors or knobs getting in the way or being accidentally adjusted.

  3. JonnyN says:

    Stupid. It's more of a type of control you'd want for replacement of an expression pedal. But still a pedal is more efficient, and there is currently a product called hot hand if you want control of that without using your foot.

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