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Paul ClarkeBy Paul Clarke
First created
Paul ClarkeBy Paul Clarke
First created
CA$ 1,737
pledged of CA$ 35,000pledged of CA$ 35,000 goal
15
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 16 2018 5:45 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

About the Pitch Pilot string bender:

It took over 50 years for someone to develop a more versatile and affordable bender... but it's finally arrived!

The history of guitars is a history of innovation. Electric guitar players throughout the world have always loved to create new and unique sounds regardless of their favorite musical genre.

Tim Clarke, the inventor of the Pitch Pilot, has felt that passion for his whole life. He was always intrigued by the unique string-bending sounds made possible by the "B-Bender", invented over 50 years ago, and the other string-benders that have come along since.

But as much as Tim loved the sound of traditional bending devices, he couldn't help but wonder if maybe there was a better way. What would it take to make a string-bender that could bend the pitch both up and down? What if you could put it on any string? What would it sound like on the G-string, or the low-E? Could you design a string-bender that wouldn't require the permanent alteration of the instrument, and could you do it affordably?

With these issues in mind, Tim set out to make his own string-bending device over 6 years ago. His first prototype was cobbled together from scrap metal and the handle of an old nail clipper. As his design evolved, he began to contemplate a model that would work with a Fender or Gibson guitar.

Tim started by creating a prototype for the Gibson Les Paul. As he continued to perfect his design, his enthusiasm grew, and when he shared his device with fellow guitarists they were enthralled with its capabilities. He knew he was on to something.

Creative uses followed; some wanted two for their guitars, discovering that a "B" and "E" set-up is awesome! It immediately opened up new stylistic possibilities.

Motivated by the enthusiasm of his fellow guitarists, Tim started work on a production model that he could share with everyone. His goal was to make an affordable and easily-installed product requiring no modifications to the guitar. 

Today, we are proud to present the Pitch Pilot!

Whether you play country, jazz, rock, R&B, heavy metal or anything else - Pitch Pilot will allow you to add new and unique elements to your sound. It is a revolutionary and versatile device that will be give you endless sound possibilities!

Check out this review by Guitar World to see Paul Riario give a prototype of the Pitch Pilot a workout!

Riario says, "Pitch Pilot is an innovative mod that allows you to transform your guitar into a bender on any string".

Note: The handle design as shown in the video has been reworked since this video was filmed, to allow palm muting. See the changes in the gallery videos!

There's nothing like it! How it works: 

The Pitch Pilot allows for new musical expressions, allowing guitarists to expand their sound repertoires. After a simple installation, any string can be manipulated in pitch, bending the note up by as much as three semi-tones or down seven. 

Similar in use to a whammy bar, this low profile device stays out of the way until, using nothing more than finger or hand pressure, the guitarist bends the note up or down with a simple push or pull on the handle - on a single string. The remaining strings remain in standard tuning, opening up new ways to play.

With a quick and simple alteration, guitarists can create endlessly dynamic musical sounds unlike anything previously possible.

Pitch Pilot features:

Starting at a very affordable CA $75.00 or less, the Pitch Pilot includes the device itself and everything you need to install it.

- Bends notes to an exceptional degree, both up and down, offering a range of pitch alteration unmatched by any other bending device.

- Is easily installed and removed without any permanent modification to the guitar.

- Can be installed on more than one string on a single guitar, to allow independent manipulation of pitch on multiple strings.   

- The handle rotates out of the way for palm muting.

-Does not interfere with the simultaneous use of a vibrato/whammy bar.

The Pitch Pilot sound potential is not limited to B-Bending. It can be a G-Bender or an E-Bender or any combination you wish. So put wings on your strings!

We need your help!

Today, a Pitch Pilot model compatible with Gibson Les Paul and Gibson-type bridges is already in production and available for sale on our website, so now it is time to produce a Pitch Pilot compatible with the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster. The prototype is finalized and ready for tooling and production, but we need additional funds to make that happen. 

We appreciate your support in bringing the Fender model to production! With your help we can deliver both Gibson and Fender units - whichever your preference - by June 2018.

North American-made!

Pitch Pilot units are manufactured in Canada, with U.S. components,  by a high-precision machine shop. It is well-engineered, extensively tested, and manufactured to robust standards that will provide thousands of hours of creative play.

Affordable pricing:

The Pitch Pilot costs considerably less than competing benders, starting at CA $75.00 for this campaign, with a reduction in price for every additional unit. Gibson and Fender units are priced the same.

We are offering 6 and 12-packs for dealers or guitar shops looking to retail Pitch Pilot in their stores.

At the campaign's completion, you will receive an order form via email, offering you a choice of Fender or Gibson models.

Thank you for supporting Pitch Pilot!

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges:

The Gibson-model Pitch Pilot is already in production, and is being sold.

The Fender unit is at the final prototype-stage and is ready for tooling.
From the end of the campaign, we will need 3 months to finish the tooling and produce the Fender units.

Gibson-only orders can be fulfilled currently, with shipment made within 30 days. Due to high shipping costs, orders containing both Gibson and Fender models will have to wait until June of 2018 when the Fender units are in production.

At Pitch Pilot, we've already demonstrated that we are capable of bringing a product to market. With a high-volume precision machine shop producing our units, and with the Gibson version in production, we have every confidence that all Pitch Pilot orders for Gibson and Fender models will be shipped by June of 2018.

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $15

    PIitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Thank you for your interest and support! We believe that Pitch Pilot is the most exciting and affordable new guitar device to come along in decades, and we're glad you do, too! Your name will be added to our Founder's List, with gratitude.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $57

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $75.00 or more and receive 1 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilot with a savings of 25% with free shipping to Continental U.S. & Canada (regular $89.00 retail plus $10.00 shipping).

    International orders add $25.00 shipping for orders of 3 or less. Free international shipping for orders of 4 or more.

    We will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    Add one to your Gibson or Fender and enjoy!

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    Pledge CA$ 139 or more About $105

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $139.00 or more and receive 2 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilots with a savings of 30% with free shipping to Continental U.S. & Canada.

    International orders add $25.00 shipping for orders of 3 or less.
    Free International shipping for orders of 4 or more.

    We will will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    A great price to equip your guitar with 2 Pitch Pilots- and let the action begin!

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    Pledge CA$ 199 or more About $150

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $199.00 or more and receive 3 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilots with a savings of 33% with free shipping to Continental U.S. & Canada.

    International orders add $25.00 for shipping for orders of 3 or less.

    Free International shipping for orders of 4 or more.

    We will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    Ideal for two Pitch Pilots or more on your guitar!

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    Pledge CA$ 249 or more About $188

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $249.00 or more and receive 4 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilots with a savings of 38% with free shipping to Continental United States & Canada

    International orders add $25.00 shipping for orders of 3 or less.

    International orders save $25.00 shipping charges by ordering 4 or more.

    We will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    Set up two guitars with 2 PITCH PILOTS each!

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    Pledge CA$ 299 or more About $226

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $299.00 or more and receive 5 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilots with a savings of 40% with free shipping.

    International orders save $25.00 shipping charges by ordering 4 or more.

    We will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    With a savings of over 40%, here is a great price to equip a number of your guitars!

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    Pledge CA$ 339 or more About $256

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $339.00 or more and receive 6 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilots with a savings of 43% with free shipping.

    International orders save $25.00 shipping charges by ordering 4 or more.

    We will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    Pricing is ideal for dealers or for you to pool together an order with your friends and save big time!

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    Pledge CA$ 589 or more About $445

    Pitch Pilot string pitch bender

    Pledge $589.00 or more and receive 12 Gibson type or Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster Pitch Pilots with a savings of 50% with free shipping.

    International orders save $25.00 in shipping charges by ordering 4 or more.

    We will contact you to determine your model choice after the campaign is over.

    This pricing is ideal for dealers and guitar shops to retail Pitch Pilots.

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Funding period

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