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