This project's funding goal was not reached on December 31, 2013.
About this project
No batteries, no wires, unlimited potential! For the first time, Anonymous Guitars is proud to announce our Spectre wireless system, the first system in the industry that makes your instrument TRULY wireless!
The Spectre Wireless System is internally housed, with an internal rechargeable battery. This means that we can offer a wireless unit with no external wires whatsoever and no worrying about replacing batteries. Due to increases in technology, battery capacity, and the modifications to the units, the battery life and range have both seen up to 300% increase. The internal housing means no more taping the battery cover closed, and no more taping the unit to your strap or worrying about cable tangles.
Even with other internally mounted systems, such as internal effects or simpler wireless systems, the unit had simply moved from outside of the instrument to inside, but before now, there has never been a seamless integration. Replacing batteries, tricky operating procedures, and potential damage are all major concerns with other systems. But with our system, you can breathe easy during gigs, studio time, transportation, and all in between.
Unique Features of This Unit
Because this system is internally mounted, the input jack still remains a functional output. This allows you to play wirelessly through one amplifier, and plug a cable into a second amplifier, allowing you to play through two amps with one cable. This system also allows you to engage the wireless transmitter and plug in another instrument to your input jack, transmitting both through your wireless transmitter. This also allows you to use any phone, mp3 player, or laptop to play a signal over the wireless transmitter in your instrument. Use sound samples in your live show? Simply plug your phone or audio device into your guitar, play the sample and unplug the cable when you’re done; all while having the freedom you expect from a normal wireless unit.
What inspired the Spectre wireless system?
When we started designing this system, one of the main complaints we kept in mind was the output cable found on traditional wireless systems. This cable is one of the main points of wear for a musician performing live, and will frequently break, costing the player $20, $30, or even $50 depending on the unit. Over the lifespan of a wireless system, the price of these thin, broken cables - in addition to the usual batteries you will need to run the unit - will start to add up, and may even exceed the cost of the system itself. The Anonymous Guitars Spectre Wireless System looks to cut the middleman and make wireless systems TRULY wireless. With this system being internally mounted, the odds of damaging or losing the unit are virtually zero, and all serviceable parts are easily found at all major music stores in the unlikely event of any damage to the guitar or systemAnother big point of the design was simplicity of use. In a live situation, where things can be hectic from the get-go, there’s no need for added complexity; ultimately, this will prevent a musician from doing their job. Our goal was to make this system as simple as possible, and we have certainly succeeded. The battery is internal and rechargeable; you’ll never have to grab a 9-volt from the corner store before a gig, and you’ll never have to snatch AA’s from the remote at the bar. With this in mind, the system is operated by simply with a push-pull or push-push potentiometer, meaning that turning the unit on and off is as simple as pressing or pulling your volume knob. This also means no drilling holes in the front of your instrument; you can keep the same clean look you know and love without adding any switches or buttons.
The Design of This System
This system began as a simple idea: to simplify the complexities musicians have to deal with when using wireless systems. Wireless technology allows musicians at every level to do things never before possible on stage, or even around their home. These advantages, however, are overshadowed by the new problems these units introduced. The Spectre Wireless system was designed from the start to solve the issues inherent in other wireless units
With an internal power supply, the costly and annoying issue of batteries is no longer a problem. This creates a much cleaner and streamlined performance space for the musician, and makes battery life a non issue. With extended battery life (up to three times the standard) and a quick recharging system, running around to ask for 9volts or AA batteries won’t be a concern. All you need to do is show up and be ready to rock!
Setup time became an issue we wanted to tackle with this design as well. As musicians, we see how much hassle gets brought to live shows through extra complications. When you have 10 minutes to set up for your set, every second counts, and fishing through your bag for your wireless cable can be frustrating and stressful. With the internally mounted system this is never a problem. Setup becomes as easy as removing the instrument from the case and plugging in the receiver.
We began the design by creating the first prototype (seen in the product description video) which ended up being our first test unit. We provided the prototype to local musicians to test during live shows in order to work out any bugs that the system may have. We solved every problem that came up and streamlined the design as we went along, going with larger capacity batteries, simpler components, and more seamless integration. We ended up with the Spectre wireless system.
Risks and challenges
There are going to be a few challenges involved in this project, but we know that we are a capable company. We’ve built many instruments by hand. We’ve worked on guitars for Suburban Legends (a band from California that tours internationally and has a special performance deal with Disney theme parks), and Pete Townshend of The Who. This project is not a question of “if”, but a question of “when”. There are, of course, inherent risks in this project; Working with power tools is no walk in the park. We are, however, 100% committed to our goal. We have built this company as a family, by ourselves, and we will continue despite any setbacks. Even if this Kickstarter fails, we will still do our best to produce this technology. With your help, our goals will be much more feasible, and we will be able to display these instruments at NAMM 2014, the largest music trade show in the world. We believe in both our vision and our technology, and with your help, we can spread both to musicians everywhere.
We know the road ahead is not going to be easy, which is where you come in. After the project is funded, we will begin making travel arrangements and finishing the first line of wireless systems. Any extra money the campaign raises will be applied to improving the technology and working on new design features, such as a "Plug and play" system for removing the wireless unit. And also any extra tools or supplies we may need, getting everything to NAMM safely, and offsetting the costs of displaying at NAMM. With your funding we are confident we can have these units finished and ready for display at NAMM!
As soon as funds clear from Kickstarter, we'll use them to finish up the prototypes and perfect the design even further. We will be working towards a simpler design for easier installation and longer battery life. This shouldn’t take more than a few weeks, since the Spectre wireless system is already being used at live shows with great success. When the Spectre wireless system has been tested and has no more bugs, we'll be using the funds that remain to head over to NAMM to showcase our technology! As soon as we get back from NAMM, we will begin assembly, which will consist of purchasing the parts and components necessary to assemble the kits. At that point, we will begin to assemble the units, and test of all the kits individually before packing them into individual kits and sending them out. Once that is done we'll be shipping out all the rewards within the next few weeks, which will be including the first ever Spectre wireless systems available to the general public!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As stated above, this system works by modifying any existing wireless transmitter. The system is modified to accept a rechargeable battery in place of a disposable battery, then a charging and safety circuit is added. After that, the input of your guitar is mirrored and connected to the wireless unit internally. Finally, an activation switch is added (usually a push-pull potentiometer) that will turn the unit on or off.
Yes! The unit is mounted internally and hidden with a plastic cover, much like a tremolo cavity cover or a pickguard. In some cases, these units can be stored in existing cavities.
Yes, as shown in the demo video the output jack works still, and has a few other neat features!
Well this system will be made to be "plug and play" in future models. Meaning you will be able to remove it easily and quickly and change it from guitar to guitar, but for now the system functions along side regular wireless units. In the case of a line 6 user, you can have one instrument with the system installed and a regular belt pack for your backup guitars and switch between them seamlessly!
With some models of guitar most / all of the components can be fit into the existing cavities. The instructions will go through this with you and explain how to get the most out of your setup with the least modifications possible!
All serviceable parts in the unit are common and are serviceable or replaced at any local guitar store. If however unlikely a unit malfunctions, a new wireless unit can be substituted in.
Detailed instructions will be included with the unit; there will also be a video posted online to guide you through the more difficult parts of installation. The basics of installation are as follows: Clean the installation spot, route the cavity using our template, countersink the cavity for a clean cover if you choose, and use the diagram to connect the cables appropriately. Put on the cavity covers and you’re ready to play!
Yes! This system is designed to be able to integrate in with existing wireless systems seamlessly. Simply choose the appropriate reward tier that includes a compatible transmitter and specify what system you use.
The chart, displayed above, will indicate which reward tier is compatible with the receiver you already own. Please choose the reward that corresponds to the receiver you already own.
The Anonymous Guitars Spectre Wireless System is compatible with any wireless system on the market today. It’s been tested with all Line 6 wireless units, as well as the Shure PGXD1 and PG1, and the Sennheiser XSW 72-A.
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