The summer heat urges us to shed the clothes, although the constraints of upbringing and the business ethics make us drop the veil of mystery hiding the redesigned Jammy instead!
I’m pumped up to present you the new Jammy right now, but bear with me for a few more moments and let me point out to you the reasons behind our decision on changing the Jammy’s mechanics.
Aiming for the best playability-to-portability ratio in digital guitars, we had been searching for the perfect harmony. And the ‘trombone-guitar’ Jammy happened to be a bit out of balance -- it was far more portable than it was playable. So, after the thorough playability tests -- with the participation of some of our backers, too -- we had to give up the sliding neck concept and give in to the idea of the two-part Jammy.
Supported by our backers (thank you guys!), this big change allowed us to kick up the playability a notch, and also make the Jammy look rocking cool. So behold the new, redesigned Jammy!
It’s still bloody portable! Only 17” when disassembled, the Jammy fits into most any backpack there is and complies with the airlines’ carry-on regulations. And its 15 standard-sized fret neck is suitable to play the majority of rock songs
The sturdy attachment mechanism is durable enough to go full Pete Townshend on it (though we strongly disapprove of breaking the perfectly good guitar!
We’ve added a ¼” jack to the ⅛” one -- so you could plug your Jammy into an amp and stick your earphones in all at once. We’ve also improved the battery to extend the operating time from 2+ to 4+ hours of active playing.
Now, let’s get to the sweetest part of the Jammy -- the one that makes it the future legendary guitar. It looks iconic in every detail -- from the inlays and covers to the bold-shaped frame-deck that allows you to play sitting. The frame can be disassembled into two pieces fitting perfectly into one another for more portability. Sure thing, you can still use a strap to play standing tall!
But enough talking! Without further latency (pun intended) I introduce you this raw unedited video of the Jammy prototype playing -- with no lags whatsoever
So, what do you say? Please let me know what you think about the new Jammy design by answering only one question here! If you have any additional thoughts and questions about it, don’t hesitate to hit me up at email@example.com!
P.S. When all is said and shown, we still stick to our timeline and plan on kicking off the batch production of Jammys in August.
P.P.S. If you happen to be in Nashville, TN, on June 28-30, don’t hesitate to pop by at our booth #1221 at the NAMM show for a friendly chat and the Jammy test-play!
conceptual creative @ Jammy Guitar
Yeah, it’s May and we actually got an update -- and that’s enough punning around, for what I’m going to tell you is not a laughing matter.
We’ve made a big progress since the last time I addressed you here about a month ago. First off, we’ve finalized the new mechanical design with our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) -- this means we’ll soon be ready for the final tests and will start building up the tooling right after that.
We’ve already got all the components for the new redesigned Jammy delivered to our office and the work on assembling them into one fine piece of guitar is underway.
For now, here’s the soul of Jammy -- a set of printed circuit boards that will allow your digital guitar to sing.
Looks hot, ain’t it? But wait until we put a glossy body on it! Yeah, we’re going to show you a fully functioning prototype in no time at all! (Well, a week or two of soldering, brazing and welding will fly by -- at least for us here.)
Moreover, you’ll have a chance to see the new Jammy in person soon, too! We plan on bringing prototypes to Summer NAMM show -- "the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry" which will take place on June 28-30 in Nashville, TN.
So if you want to get the coolest memorabilia the NAMM show has ever seen and be the first to strum our future legendary guitar -- we’ll be happy to meet you at the booth #1221! Shoot me a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org before June 10 and I’ll organize a free guest pass for you (backers only!)
As you can see, things run their course, we’re well into spring, the Jammy’s blooming -- let’s wait till August when it’s time to reap the fruits!
P.S. If you’re a journo in pursuit of a scoop, come meet us at the ShowStoppers event on June 20-21 in New York to chit-chat and snap some exclusive pics of the new Jammy.
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Did you know April is Stress Awareness Month? So, no worries -- we’ve only got good news for you in this update. Just sit back, chillax and read ‘em!
First things first, we’ve got the last iteration of the printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the Jammy’s left part (that’s where the fretboard is) ready -- the pilot batch of them has just been manufactured and is now being tested at our main office.
Concurrently, we’re finalizing the production technology of the Jammy’s fret bars with our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) in China. Those lil’ puppies may appear the least important part of our guitar, but the truth is opposite. The Jammy’s fret bars help pinpoint when and where the string is being pressed against the fretboard. Being connected to the underlying PCB, they have 16 electrical pins each, which allows for more precise bending emulation. This innovative concept is our proprietary design -- nothing like this has ever been used in the guitars before
Now, probably the most interesting part. As you know, the Jammy -- though totally portable and autonomous -- is accompanied by a cool mobile application. Among other sexy features this app boasts, there is a Jamming mode that shows you a bunch of notes you can use to jam along the backing track.
What you say we give you the Jammy app for a test drive with your regular guitar prior to the official release? If you’re our backer who’s willing to be our tester and you also happen to have an Android phone or tablet (the iOS-compatible version is underway) -- shoot me an email (email@example.com) so I could put you up on the list. Join the party now! Let’s get it rolling!
VP of Product
@ Jammy Guitar
Hope you’re doing well and not only keeping your fingers crossed for us, but also keeping them fit and practiced up, cuz it won’t be too long till you put them on your Jammy! (Keep reading to find out when exactly this will happen.)
As we’ve mentioned in the previous update, we’ve improved the Jammy guitar quite a bit.
Right now, our engineering team is back to the Silicon Valley of the East (Shenzhen, China) and it’s damn hot down there -- the guys are sweating their brows off implementing the new mechanical design (and it’s also 82° outside.)
The process is almost over and it’s pretty fantastic, considering that we had to change the mechanics drastically. So in no time at all, we expect to start building up the tooling -- like injection molds, patterns etc -- needed for the mass production.
As we expected, all this shifts the production schedule -- we plan on having the Jammy guitars started shipping by October 2018. The good news, however, is that we’ll probably have the first limited batch of the guitars manufactured and delivered to our current backers earlier -- the estimation is August 2018. Anyways, we’ll be able to be more exact about the dates once the tooling process began -- so stay tuned!
Now (last but not least!) a few words about the new Jammy appearance. We wanted to make it more rock-n-roll, bearing the elements relatable to any guitarist, allowing to trace the Jammy’s spiritual history rooted in the times when the guitars were great. Here’s a little sneak peek into what it’s gonna look like -- we’ll introduce it properly once the design’s finalized.
Just wanted to remind you that we love you!
Since loving is caring and caring is sharing, we’d love to share with you everything that we’ve been thinking and doing lately! (And how it brought us to a decision about the Jammy Guitar design improvements we’ve mentioned in the newsletter.)
From the very outset of the Jammy project, we’ve been determined to make an instrument you’d feel no hassle carrying around, but most importantly, enjoy playing. Thus, once we’ve assembled a fully-functioning prototype, we commenced extensive playability testing of the Jammy Guitar.
As you might know, some of our backers have taken part in the tests, too, providing us with the valuable feedback -- both at CES and, more recently, at NAMM. This latter, being the biggest annual music industry trade show, has also allowed us to get the Jammy Guitar played and evaluated by the professionals in the field. Throughout those activities, we’ve gathered the bulk of priceless criticism from people with different guitar preferences and playing skills. They have all concurred on one thing -- the famous sliding neck was too much a challenge to master (even for pro players!)
Yeah, I know… We really loved that idea, too -- it’s cool and fun. Until you’ve tried and played something more complicated than “Fly Away” on it.
Some of our backers have compared the sliding neck action of the Jammy Guitar to the violin in which you don’t have any fret for reference. Here’s what the originator of the sliding neck concept (a multi-instrumentalist trained as a classical violinist) has to say:
As the entrepreneurs, we’re used to taking risks. But we couldn’t take the risk of disappointing you with a poor playing experience. In the course of active and extensive communication with our backers, we’ve answered to each and every letter and comment, and heard all the concerns. We’ve seen that the main priorities for nearly all of the Jammy Guitar supporters are portability and playability. To provide both, we had to change the design. So we've made the decision: We go for the detachable solid neck solution!
We know that for some, Jammy was the love from the first sight -- that is, from the sight of the sliding neck. But there is more to it which makes the Jammy Guitar (given the new solid neck design) stand out from the crowd. For one, it’s still the only digital guitar that generates sound on board, with all the consequences like minimal latency and maximal autonomy (you need as little as the pair of earphones to play it.) It also fits into most backpacks and complies with the airlines’ carry-on regulations.
The inevitable change in the design sets off a chain reaction of improvements, adding even more unique features to the Jammy Guitar. Among them:
So worry not -- the thing’s gonna hold firm enough to survive something like this:
Those improvements are surely gonna take some time -- we’re changing the mechanics and internal schematics layout, and this shifts the production timeline. The good news, however, is that we’d managed to bring forth the 1st draft of the new mechanical design and get the feedback from our Chinese manufacturers prior the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebration. What’s even better is that 95% of electronic parts and components remain the same and only need rearrangement according to the new construction.
Our team is heading to China after the end of the festive season (in the beginning of March) -- that’s when we’ll know for sure and gonna be able to commit to a new shipping date. Our guys will stay there as long as it takes to oversee the production preparation and keep you in the loop on the manufacturing setup progress.
We’re gonna hold on to the same colors and you’ll be able to update your choice once we showcase the samples.
We’re also gonna update our campaign page and all the other resources to reflect the change.
The price remains the same.
Innovation, by default, involves some risk -- you travel the road not taken, you leap into the future unknown. And that’s exactly the case with the Jammy Guitar which has undergone the change during this leap.
We’re still in flight, but now we see clearly where we wanna land -- and I believe we won’t miss the mark! I also know for sure you’re no strangers to risk as well. For starters, you’ve chosen to support our innovative crowdfunding project over going to the guitar shop and buying some uke. If it weren’t for you, we would hardly even set out on this journey.
So thank you for inspiring and joining us on our mission to create the coolest compact digital guitar ever -- no words are sufficient to express how grateful we are for this! We know how much you're looking forward to finally put your hands on Jammy and we’re really breaking our backs to make it happen as soon as possible!
Rock on and feel free to say what you think about the change in the Jammy Guitar design!
@ Jammy Guitar
So we’re back from CES 2018. Seen lots of robots, drones, smart-everything (including diapers), and tones of 8K, 16K, 32K, you-name-it-K TVs (can’t wait to watch the new Black Mirror episodes in a resolution that high!) The startupers’ pavilion inhabitants multiplied fourfold comparing to the last year -- so the Tech keeps on growing (in quantity of the innovations, for sure.)
Apart from tripping on the technological advances the mankind has made in the year 2017, we had a pretty fruitful business trip. Although didn’t have a booth and strolled thru CES as the usual attendees, we had a chance to share the experience and inspiration with some fellow innovators -- the guitar makers from Populele, among others...
… and also had a productive session with our manufacturing partners from China -- the mechanical design alignment process continues, more news coming soon!
The icing on the cake is that we’ve spent some quality time with our backers (Nader, Gary, thank you guys!), discussing the usability challenges our current prototype may pose to different kinds of players and the ways we can improve Jammy in the next iteration.
We’ve shot a short survey dealing with those questions to all our backers so everybody has their say in the further improvements of our compact digital guitar.
We're also going to NAMM Show at Anaheim, CA next week (25-28th of Jan) to continue our validation. If you can meet us there to try current Jammy prototype yourself -- please let me know.
Now, that’s all for today. Keep on rockin’ and stay tuned for more news to come!
VP of Product
@ Jammy Guitar
P.S. That's Elvis holding Jammy -- I just couldn't resist putting our guitar into the King's hand.
While we're jamming our way to the holidays, there are some nice updates we'd like to share with you.
Firstly, there’s good news from our engineering crew. The guys have spent last two weeks in China buckling down to work on the mechanical design and electronics with our manufacturing partners. As the result, a new version of the printed circuit board assembly (the heart and soul of our guitar) was put into production, the mechanics of Jammy’s left part were agreed upon, and the purchasing of the components for mass production started.
We here in the main office haven’t been wasting our time as well. Having tested different aspects of Jammy’s ergonomics, we decided to change the pickguard size so it would better accommodate a forearm, and adjust the strap pins position to better balance the guitar. Further usability tests of the sliding neck and the improvements to make it handier are on their way. In the next updates, we’ll show you the options we will come up with to know what you think!
We’ve also packed and sent out 150 t-shirts with Jammy logo to our very first backers. Those who’ve already received the tees seem to like them a lot!
Have a Merry Christmas, Jolly Hanukkah, Blissful Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year! Rock on!
So you wanna become a Jambassador and help us spread the j̶a̶m̶ word? That’s sweet!
In exchange, we’ll reward you with $30 in credit each time your referrals pre-order a Jammy guitar!
How do you become a Jambassador?
You refer people with a unique URL generated through your Indiegogo account.
Please, note that you cannot refer yourself.
How do you keep track of your referrals?
Click “Referrals” tab in the menu bar to see number of people you J̶a̶m̶b̶a̶p̶t̶i̶z̶e̶d̶ referred and the amount of their contributions.
Please, note that you will only get paid for those of your referrals who claim perks which include Jammy guitar -- “Swag Pack” doesn’t apply.
How do you get what you deserved?
Once the campaign is over (Nov-2nd), Indiegogo provides us with the detailed information on how many Jammy guitars were purchased through your referrals and at what perk level. Then we will pay you $30 for each one of those guitars .
Now come on and share your link, cuz sharing is caring, and it’s also jamming!
About two years ago, the idea of a super-portable guitar arose from those DaVinci-ish scribbles you see below.
It took us some time to think it through, but eventually, as you are well aware, this idea evolved into the sliding neck concept.
Well, that lil’ stick did stir a pretty big confusion. We have had hard times explaining how Jammy works to people outside. The mere notion of the movable fretboard was not that easy to get. So up until recently, we would fall into despair from time to time, thinking this whole Jammy thing just might turn out to be totally incomprehensible for our possible prospects. The other times, we kept believing, though.
After introducing Jammy to the world on Facebook and Product Hunt, we saw that our product strikes at the very heart of the passionate people the guitar players are. They either hated it to the bone or fell in love with it instantly! Jammy appeared to be highly emotionally charged, so we decided to risk it all and dive in, putting Jammy on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
On the first day of our campaign, a part of our team took the only two existing prototypes of Jammy to TechCrunch 2017 in San Francisco. This had to be a real-life test drive for our tiny guitar, so our knees were actually shaking--what if people really could not handle the sliding fretboard? That would have meant an utter failure, an ultimate fall on our face in front of the attendees and the participants of one of the world’s most important tech events...
But all the worries and sleepless nights have definitely paid off! People would flock around our stand willing to get their hands on Jammy! And, to our surprise, everyone who has tried playing our guitar dug that expanding neck mechanics totally! That was a huge sigh of relief...
Hopefully, you’ll excuse the poor quality of the footage, for the sheer joy on those faces makes it totally worth watching (and, to some extent, hearing).
And, while we were having fun at TechCrunch Disrupt, our Jammy guitar gained the momentum on Indiegogo. We got fully funded in less than three days, exceeded our goal 1.5 times in 10 days, and still have more than a month before the campaign ends. That means, our idea has resonated in people’s hearts! Check out how that guy from Indiegogo team enjoys Jammy! (Btw, he ordered his guitar right after the playing session you may see below.)
Now, we’re just overwhelmed! But we’re also inspired by the joy our guitar brings and the faith you put in us--this urges us to work even harder to bring Jammy to you as soon as we can!
Those are the two words that the guitarist most likely says when he stands at your door. I hate to disappoint you, but I haven’t brought any snacks. Thus, my first words would be like, “Good news everyone!”
Each and every day, our engineering team pushes Jammy forward on its way to become the fanciest and the portablest (I know there’s no such word) item in your guitar collection. Recently, we’ve got a delivery from our manufacturing partners--it’s bright yellow and frickin’ hot! So, without further ado, behold the fresh Jammy sample:
There are also some groovy accessories to accompany your Jammy. We call those things ‘pickguards’, but their actual use case differs from your standard guitar’s scratchplate.
Our pickguards may be attached to Jammy’s right end so that you could rest the edge of your hand on them--that makes playing more comfortable (also makes Jammy look 150% cooler, but that’s kinda obvious).
The pickguards come in different colors and materials. On the photo below, there are two plastic and one super exclusive deluxe wooden samples.
We’re also planning on making a vintage supercar’s dashboard-inspired pickguard from the polished aluminum--how cool is that, huh?
It’s quite astonishing, but I’ve saved the sweetest news for later. (Take a deep breath before I go on). Our team was picked to participate in TechCrunch Disrupt on September 18-20 in San Francisco. Only three teams (among hundreds!) per pavilion have been given a chance to present their product free of charge--and we happen to be among them! Come visit us at ‘Media’ Pavilion to see Jammy with your own eyes (and hear with your own ears, which is also very important).
To sum it up, we’ve got o̶u̶r̶ ̶m̶o̶j̶o̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ the most portable yet most fully functioning digital guitar almost ready to launch into the great wide open and plan to open preorders later this year. We’ve got a supercool app (which I will tell you about later in this blog) and a working sample, that we hope to disrupt TC Disrupt with. Although we’ve saved a couple thousand bucks on TechCrunch exhibitor fee, we still might need some help to start the mass production. That’s why we ponder over launching our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo early this Autumn.
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