A guitar with no strings? Apparently, it’s possible. Stranger things have been invented, after all. But unlike the really simple, drunken-dude-idea that inspired the iBottleOpener, a lot of thought has been put into this one. That’s not to say that whoever thought of inventing a stringless guitar wasn’t spaced-out at the time, but the resulting product is nothing short of awesome. First seen way back in January, the Kitara by Masa Digital is now up for pre-orders.
The Kitara consists of three parts: a fretboard loaded with buttons in the place of the usual six strings and frets, an 8-inch multitouch screen that can be set to replicate six strings (or as a slate for controlling sound pitch and effects, as seen on the video below), and a polyphonic synthesizer for setting the sounds and effects. It’s going to take a lot of getting used to, especially if you’re a guitarist used to, you know, strings, but it should be pretty fun to experiment and play around with nonetheless.
Prices start at $849 for the standard kit, while a limited edition aluminum version can cost you $2,899. The Kitara’s set to ship by April, 2011.