Someone built a robot to pick your guitar strings so you don’t have to

Olav Kern's guitar string-picking robot
(Image credit: Olav Kvern/YouTube/Makezine)

Struggling with fingerpicking, or wrestling with the process of improving your general technique? If so, this latest feat of engineering might make your picking problems a thing of the past.

Meet Olav Martin Kvern – an engineer who has built a robot that picks your electric guitar strings so you don't have to.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.