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Video: The gTar, a Fully Digital, iPhone-Powered Guitar, Hits Kickstarter

A startup company called Incident has launched a new product -- the gTar -- on Kickstarter, a crowd funding website for creative projects.

The gTar is a totally digital guitar with a built-in iPhone dock that uses sensors to relay what you're playing to an iPhone app that works with the gTar.

The instument has strings and a fretboard layout, so users can feel -- or at least look -- like they're playing a traditional guitar.

The gTar, which uses LED lights to show you how to play songs that are preloaded in the app, is being marketed as a learning tool, so it's not supposed to replace your main guitar.

When it was launched, gTar had 34 days to reach its funding goal of $100,000. As of this writing (May 22), it has surpassed $141,000. Supporters of the project have to pledge a minimum of $350 to guarantee they'll get a gTar of their own when it ships in September. It will probably retail for $450.

To check out the gTar on Kickstarter, and for more photos and information, head here. Be sure to check out the video below.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.