About this project
Our Kickstarter Project has finished, but the story continues!
We can't wait to see what everyone learns on the jamstik+ and creates with it! We are so excited to be able to donate over 175 original jamstiks to education, and know that plenty of awesome stories are going to come out of this project as well.
To learn more and order a jamstik+, head over to jamstik.com
The jamstik+ connects via Bluetooth LE to your iPad, iPhone, Mac so you can play guitar with any of the 100's of compatible MIDI apps available. Our jamTutor App will have you playing chords in minutes. After that, you'll be playing guitar for years.
It's built to the specifications of a real guitar; so learning and creating are transferrable skills. Portable by design, you can practice lessons or record songs anywhere you go with the jamstik+.
The jamstik+ senses where your fingers are before you even pluck a string. It makes learning incredibly intuitive. It's always in tune, plays for 8+ hours on a rechargeable battery, and is a breeze to pair wirelessly with your device via Bluetooth LE.
You’ve been watching and listening to people play guitar your whole life, and while you’ve been watching them, you’ve been seeing you.
We want to make the dream of creating music a reality for everyone. Everyone. Not just the pros, or the YouTube sensations, but YOU too.
Watch first-time jamstik players, just like you, having a blast:
Download and launch the included jamTutor app series on iOS or MAC to be walked through a 15 part series of interactive lessons. Here, we take a first-time guitar player through the various modes of our free instructional app series.
Or launch jamMix to just start playing. Everything sounds good in jamMix! Our free companion apps are just the beginning, as you'll find out next.
The jamstik+ is more than a guitar. It's also a MIDI controller, which means it can sound like almost any instrument you can think of. You mean like drums, samples or synths? Yes, even a banjo. You can create and mix entire songs with the jamstik+. It works with our companion apps or your favorite music apps like GarageBand, Loopy, SampleTank, Ableton Live, and 100's more. Watch how you can build an entire song in GarageBand with the jamstik+:
Your creativity isn't limited to a mobile device; watch how the jamstik+ acts as a powerful production tool in Logic Pro X on Mac.
The jamstik+ app expands upon the experience with customizable pick settings, a live display digital capo, alternate tunings, a programmable D-Pad interface and more! Here are a few pre-release interface examples.
The original jamstik was well received in 2014, but we knew there were improvements we wanted to get into more users hands. We started by adding a hexaphonic magnetic pickup to give the jamstik+ a more realistic guitar feel with a higher resolution signal.
Thanks to advancements with Bluetooth technology, we equipped the jamstik+ with wireless Bluetooth LE connectivity that works seamlessly with the latest BLE MIDI Protocol supported by Apple.
The jamstik+ has real guitar strings and real frets just like the original, to best match the experience of putting your fingers on a guitar. And yes, the jamstik+ handles string bend and vibrato with improved dynamics.
We're reconnecting with you, our tribe of supporters, early adopters and music lovers because although we've accomplished a lot with the original jamstik over the past year, we're far from finished. Our mission is a big one and we have more work to do!
We need not only your financial support, but also to help us get the word out about the jamstik+. We’re coming to you because you are our tribe, our roots. You’re the reason big ideas and big dreams like the original jamstik come true. Forward thinkers like you want to be a part of things that really matter. You like to see how you can personally impact this world for the better. And, when you’re one of the very first to recognize the future of something like the jamstik+, that’s just icing on the cake.
Your support will not only get you one of the very first jamstik+s you’ll also be helping to put a jamstik into the hands of hundreds of kids. Our pledge: For every 15 jamstiks backed, we will donate one to music education. We partner with various music education programs, music therapy programs, and charities to bring the magic of making music to the kids they serve. You've already imagined how magical and empowering the feeling of making music must be. Together we can help hundreds of kids have that same experience. Let’s do this!
How to Back this Project:
Ready to be a part of our Kickstarter story? Thank you for your support! We want to make the whole process as simple as possible for you, from making a pledge to getting your reward.
1. Choose a Reward
Each backer can choose ONE (1) reward level. You can manage your pledge and change your reward level at any time before May 6th when the campaign ends.
2. Stay in Touch
Once you have made your pledge, message us with any questions or comments you have! You'll get an email with weekly project updates and you'll be in the know about production status, inside news, and more.
After the project ends (May 6) we will send you an official backer survey to collect your shipping information. We'll also ask for your color selections and left vs right handed preference. Until then, help us spread the word about our campaign when you can, and know that you've got an awesome piece of music technology coming your way.
4. When your jamstik+ arrives, we hope you...
We're a small but dedicated team of music enthusiasts, engineers, artists, and tech-lovers banded together around the jamstik vision. We enjoy contributing to various parts of the project and seeing them come to life as we come together.
The successful funding of the jamstik+ means we get to take production full scale, kickstart the musical programs in a number of schools with our donation program, and plan for a future where our products and supporting software continue to get better. It also means we can follow through on a lot of the dreams we've had since inception. We can work further with 3rd party app and hardware integrations, bring more lessons to the jamTutor curriculum, provide more in-depth demos of achieving certain sounds or work-flows, and more. As supporters, you'll drive much of our future development, and we hope you participate in the conversation. The future looks like so much fun!
Risks and challenges
We worked on the original jamstik for more than two years before we launched the original. Since then we’ve had an additional 10 months of production experience, our team has also grown, and we’re doing things better than ever.
We’re ready to begin full production on the jamstik+ as soon as this campaign ends, but as with any physical item there are challenges to getting it right and there is always the possibility of delays (sometimes due to factors outside of anyone’s control!). In our efforts to avoid delays and produce the best product possible, we are selective in how we choose our partners, conservative in setting our timelines, and, as always, we intend to spend a large amount of time in person at the factory which is one of the factors we chose to make the jamstik in the USA.
Quality control remains a major focus for us. We have implemented systems to catch as many product issues as possible before your jamstik+ makes its way into your hands. If an issue does arise once we have shipped your jamstik+ to you, we have a well-trained and helpful customer service team who will help troubleshoot any problems.
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Yes! We are happy to be supporting lefty mode! However, due to additional production requirements, the ship date will be August 2015.
Since the jamstik+ is digital, we can provide a great experience for lefties by reconfiguring our software. However, these software tweaks require additional testing that has to be done. We'll also be personally re-stringing and shipping them out of our home office which will take extra time and resources.
To choose a left handed jamstik+, In the final backer survey, we'll have you check a box that you'd like a lefty model.
Keep in mind, while the performance will be fully comparable to the right handed model, the button configuration and strap functionality will not be ideal, so please consider this when you make your decision to pledge!
The jamstik+ has a microUSB port which can send midi information and also re-charge the battery with the included microUSB to USB cable.
We don't supply a USB power block but you can use any USB power block that is compliant for your territory. For instance if you have an iPad or iPhone power block, that will work great. You can also charge right from your computers USB port, but plugging into the wall will charge faster.
The battery is also easily replaceable and a new one can be had for around $12.99 from our website.
We sourced high-quality standard gauge guitar strings for the jamstik+, and the mechanical design is very durable. On top of this, the strings do not flex as much as a normal guitar, so a string should not break under normal conditions. However, guitar strings do wear down and oxidize over extended periods of use.
If one does break, it can be easily replaced for no charge within our 180 day warranty. The strings are custom made for the jamstik+ and replacements are readily available on our website.
One of the most important things to have when learning any musical instrument is regular and accurate feedback. The jamstik+ provides real-time feedback as you play, so you'll know if your fingers are placed correctly before you even strum the strings!
If your instrument is out of tune, it's almost impossible to learn correctly as you won't associate the right musical notes with your finger positions. The jamstik+ never has to be tuned, so you won't have to deal with this common frustration.
A learning method is also only as good as the teacher that provides it, and in our case, this would be our App Series: jamTutor. We'll be updating the campaign with a more detailed look at this software, but you can find a nice summary here: http://jamstik.com/pages/jamtutor
Lastly, we created the jamstik+ with authenticity in mind. It is built to the specs of a real guitar, so the skills you learn with it will directly translate to a full-size 6 string instrument.
As with any skill, learning guitar takes practice! However, we've done our best to make this process fun and engaging. Many users find that simply spending time with the jamstik+, exploring new sounds and capabilities has helped them become familiar and more comfortable with guitar in general. Building a device to bring more people into music has always been our number one goal, and we'll continue to evolve the software to match!
As a class-compliant MIDI device, jamstik+ output is agnostic regardless of the platform, and can drive any MIDI-compatible software. However, it's use is complicated by Android's lack of built-in support for connecting MIDI devices (via USB, or BLE), and long delay times (latency) when generating audio (from MIDI events) on the majority of Android devices.
While the jamstik+ apps are developed in cross-platform code, Android platform compatibility is driven by hardware and Android's prioritization of MIDI and audio. Until these issues are resolved universally through future changes to the Android OS, it's a compromised affair.
We love Android and our future intent is to fully support Android devices with the same attention and detail we do for iOS, however the reality of devoting resources for developing on Android largely rests on the platform's ability to support audio and MIDI as a prioritized element of their core OS code.
According to Samsung, their latest devices running Lollipop will support MIDI if you connect via the USB cable. Samsung is looking to add support to more devices later this year, but you'll have to check about your specific device. There has been interest from Google and others to more universally support the MIDI protocols, and we hope that they do!
Yep, every jamstik+ comes with an adjustable strap.
iOS 8 (8.1.2+ recommended) and OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later.
Sure! An almost identical version is for sale on our website right now. http://jamstik.com/collections/accessories/products/jamstik-carrying-case
The jamstik+ is a class compliant device and can send MIDI over Bluetooth LE or USB. It's easiest for us to highlight Mac compatibility as Apple has officially supported the latest proposed MIDI over Bluetooth LE Specification.
Windows 10 may be adopting this MIDI over BLE spec in the future, but for now, you can get great performance with the wired USB connection in any MIDI compatible application.
So in effect, yes, you can have a lot of fun with software like Ableton, Fruityloops, Reaper, and many other MIDI compatible programs on the PC!
We want to make sure the early bird backers receive their product first, and the black models will be the first to production later this spring. So, to keep things simple, we separated the tiers so expected delivery dates are clear.
Producing additional colors of the jamstik+ requires a significant up front cost for us to manufacture, along with additional fulfillment operating costs. Therefore it was necessary for us to limit the color options to the regularly discounted price to make up for these additional costs.
Since we've seen such a great start to the campaign, we've added discounted, "any color" tiers if you'd like to change your reward to those. You can always change your pledge tier throughout the duration of the campaign by clicking the blue, "manage" button next to your pledge amount. Remember, all Black jamstik+'s will ship in June, but colored models may be delayed until July. Of course, if we can ship sooner, we will!
The jamstik+ improves upon the original in a few ways.
First, is the addition of BLE wireless connectivity. It's a breeze to connect and only requires powering up your jamstik+ and tapping a few buttons to pair to your devices. Because BLE uses less power than WIFI, battery life is also slightly improved.
The original jamstik uses WIFI to connect, which limits the ability to browse the web or download apps while connected.
The next major improvement in the jamstik+ is the magnetic pickup. It can sense pick actions with greater fidelity for a more dynamic feel that's even closer to a real guitar. The processing is even faster as well, and the simplified mechanical engineering makes it even more durable.
If you have pledged in one of the, "Your Choice of Any Color" tiers, you can easily tell us which color you'd like when we send out the official backer surveys to collect your shipping addresses. It's all run by Kickstarter and is easy as checking a box!
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