What’s up rockers!
May the glory of Independence day be with you forever and the 4th of July firecrackers leave all of your fingers firmly attached to your hands so you could carry on beating the starch out of your axe!
For quite some time now, we’ve been itching to share something with you, so looka here. As tiny as it is, our portable guitar Jammy got a great story behind it—the story of its origin.
Where did the idea of a portable guitar come from?
First there was (as all the stories of origin go) our friend Marko and his particular issue. A zealous guitarist and an active traveler, Marko wanted to practice guitar as much as possible, wherever he went, but dragging a bulky six-stringer around seemed too high a price to pay.
That’s gotta strike a chord or two with you as well. Haven’t we all been there—breaking our backs and hitting our legs carrying huge guitar cases? Trying vainly to fit them in the overhead compartment of the Greyhound bus. Standing heavy-heartedly by the baggage conveyor knowing how “carefully” the instruments are treated by the airport movers.
So, Marko came up with the idea which at first seemed too far even for us here at RnD64. The dude wanted a guitar that would fit in his pocket! We needed a little time to let this sink in. And strangely, after a while, this notion didn’t seem that weird-ass anymore.
How do we make Jammy work?
Since the half our team of a bit more than 20 guys and ladies are guitar players themselves, we’ve taken on this challenge. Obviously, we weren’t huge fans of inconveniences our standard-sized guitars caused us during the transportation. Neither were we satisfied with the extremely poor sound range of the available portable guitars.
What could be done about it? Well, long story short, that’s where the first glimpse of a brilliant idea popped into our CTO’s head: What if we make a guitar with a neck that would stretch like, say, a telescopic antenna? So the guitar overall would be very small, while its range, somewhat paradoxically, was comparable to the one of a standard-sized guitar.
Jammy’s designed so its longest part sits inside—stretch the guitar out and you’ll have a fretboard in your left hand that you can slide along the axis in order to change the pitch. It’s like you’re moving your fingers up and down the neck of your ordinary guitar. This allows Jammy be more compact than any competitor and, at the same time, not limited to 5 frets.
This also allows Marko to carry his Jammy along wherever he goes, having a guitar with real strings and frets always at hand. I could spend another few paragraphs describing how Jammy works and how cool it is, but the video with our first prototype is worth a thousand words...
Although this is just a prototype we're still working on, bet you got what it is about Jammy that makes Marko happy.
Suppose you also got that this story isn’t only about a tiny guitar. It’s a story about the dream come true. It’s also a story about portability and independence. Your independence and your freedom to play anywhere, anyhow, anyway—regardless of the place and circumstances. So, happy Independence day! Be free and rock on! \m/ (~.~) \m/
P.S. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Feel free to comment below and ask us just about anything!