Exciting Guitar Technology
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Kaki King is an artist that knows her way around technology. In 2014, she ran a project for a visual performance called The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, an hour-long live piece in which her guitar was used as a projection screen for visual effects. Imagine your music software's visualizer contained to the body of your instrument while you play, and you'll have some idea of what it looked like.
King says, "I'm always employing new techniques, tunings, and approaches in order to coax out sounds that haven't been heard before." Perhaps that's why inventor Paul Vo chose to send her an early prototype of his newest invention, the Vo Wond.
The Vo Wond is a handheld string exciter. That means that it uses magnets to create sustains, and wild new harmonics on your steel-stringed instruments. It's the third generation of Vo's collocated vibration control system, and the immediate successor to his guitar-mounted Vo-96.
We were stoked to see a prototype in the wild, so we invited Kaki King into our office to demonstrate the device's capability. Please enjoy this inside look at the future of guitar technology.