Skip to main content

Maker of Hammer Jammer Device for Guitars Launches Kickstarter Program — Video

Some of you might remember we posted a story (with video) about a device called the Hammer Jammer.

The Hammer Jammer is a percussive device that fits onto electric or acoustic guitars, producing a different-sounding attack — something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer on speed.

Our story and its video went viral, which led Ohio-based Big Walnut Productions, maker of the Hammer Jammer, to believe its product is, to say the least, ready for the guitar market.

As a result, the company has launched a Kickstarter program to raise $50,000, which would enable them to manufacture the device. You can check out the Kickstarter progam right here.

Here's some info from the company:

The Hammer Jammer was invented in the Nineties, with about 2,000 samples produced at that time that were never pushed into the mainstream guitar market for a number of reasons. However, Ken McCaw, inventor of the Hammer Jammer, who is also a film composer, used the Hammer Jammer on a trailer for a feature film released in Europe about five years ago. From that, interest for this invention began to grow around the world.

The demonstration video in this Kickstarter program was posted on YouTube in January 2014 and went viral. It became obvious that this unique invention is now ready for the guitar market. All Hammer Jammer samples were sold within a couple of weeks, to players in 60 countries, many of them young guitarists. This Kickerstarter program is for the purpose of building new tools for the device, which will include some requested modifications that will provide additional instrument applications.

It has also been learned recently that the Hammer Jammer provides a legitimate and highly useful device for handicapped people and players with arthritis and other issues that make finger picking and standard picking technique prohibitive.

For more info, visit Big Walnut Productions here and check out the company's Kickstarter program here.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.