GuitarForte Lets You Play Guitar Percussively, Like a Piano

(Image credit: GuitarForte Facebook Page)

Does GuitarForte provide guitarists with a different way to play guitar? Yes indeed. Will it stick? Only time will tell.

The device—which is demonstrated in the top two (brief) videos below—allows you to play the guitar percussively, just as you would a piano.

While the fretting hand frets as always, the picking hand presses any of the six white tabs situated behind the guitar's bridge to produce a sound, once again, in the same manner as a piano or harpsichord. You can play GuitarForte hard or soft—or anything in between.

As shown in the photo, GuitarForte can be attached to acoustic and electric guitars via a strap that goes around the guitar's body. For more photos (showing electric guitars), check out the company's Facebook page.

For more information, watch the bottom video, which was shot at the 2013 Summer NAMM Show, where (and when) GuitarForte was initially introduced.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

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, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.