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Dan McKewenBy Dan McKewen
First created
Dan McKewenBy Dan McKewen
First created
$1,433
pledged of $9,600pledged of $9,600 goal
36
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 16 2017 3:02 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

The String Stash, patent pending, is the world’s best guitar string organizer. The patented design allows you to store loads of strings, organized by size in a small compact roll. Keep your strings easily accessible and away from moisture. Save money by purchasing strings in bulk and don’t worry about losing them. Simply load the strings ball end first from the bottom of the ripstop nylon sleeve. Fold it long ways and then roll it up, or leave it open to velcro to a guitar stand, mic stand or travel case. It fits in the “under neck” compartment on most guitar cases. Made by hand with the best materials we can source, The String Stash is designed by me, a guitarist, for other people playing Smash Mouth covers exclusively. 

The best inventions come from necessity. The String Stash is the best and most effective way to cleanly, safely organize and store your guitar strings. I am a musician and product designer. After a particularly frustrating number of performances breaking strings and endlessly rummaging through my gig bag in search of the correct replacement, I thought, “There has to be a better way to do this.” Much to my dismay, there wasn’t. Luckily, my experience as a soft good product designer kicked in and I quickly had a working prototype. 

It wasn’t until people starting offering to buy it off me did I think, “I may actually have a good idea here.” After 2+ years of use, design and development I am extremely pleased with the outcome. Let’s face it: Breaking strings sucks. The String Stash makes it suck a lot less -- doing away with “string envelope hell” and getting you back to gnarly shreddage faster than you can say, “I am probably better than Yngwie Malmsteen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have the design.  It's time tested and ready to roll.  

I have the production facility on standby.  It's costed and ready.

I need YOUR help to place the first order.  Please help me make this item a reality! Contribute at whatever level you can, or share it on social media.  Any amount of support you can give me is greatly appreciated.  THANK YOU!   

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Risks and challenges

Although the product is fairly simple, there was a lot of design work involved. From my experience, the simplest objects can be the hardest to get right. The idea came in a split second, but the development process was stretched out over two years and roughly 12 prototypes. We put these protos through the wringer, mostly in touring or heavy gigging scenarios by multiple guitarists. There is nothing worse than using a half baked prototype. TRUST ME! After a couple years and more shows than we can count we finally felt like we had a winner. That’s when the offers started rolling in.

While we did run into some material selection challenges, the real challenge is showing people how amazing this product actually is! For many musicians, especially guitarists, there simply has never been a good solution for this problem. It barely crosses your mind. It only becomes a problem when you need it the most. Once people have seen this thing in person their eyes roll back, foam starts to build up and nothing else will suffice because there isn’t anything like it. PERIOD.

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