Single string servo electric guitar

its a catchy tune!

Ah, we love musical hacks that actually play music.  [Mike Baxter] is back again with a new servo electric guitar. This one, called the physical string synthesizer, and has only one string.  He’s using two Arduinos to control the unit. One to change the midi file to a note within the string’s limits and the second to actually control the servo. It seems like that could be simplified a little bit, but we’re pretty sure his end goal was to build an instrument quickly, not learn to be a circuit ninja. Last time we saw Mike Baxter, he had built a servo electric guitar that used a keypad for control. You can see a video of the single string one after the break.

[via HackedGadgets]


  1. s says:

    I love it!

  2. zing says:

    What’s more important is he has developed a method of submitting youtube videos from the future! It was posted on the 25th, but the date in the card is the 30th!

  3. brad says:

    interesting way to mount a pickup.

  4. Keith Baxter says:

    @ zing. Umm, yeah. Well that will be my next post, but it takes three Arduinos…

  5. jeff-o says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if this could be done with a single Parallax Propeller? I bet it could even handle four strings.

    Super cool!

  6. Slanesch says:

    lol. can’t wait for your next production! hope its as cool as this one!

  7. M4CGYV3R says:

    I’d go with single-stringed Koto – since it lays flat, sounds like a Koto, and the piece of music is a traditional Japanese Koto song.

  8. jaqen says:

    I guess next version flicks the string itself?

  9. ZeUs says:

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get better:

    two … arduino’s..

    i bask in the glory

  10. Gösta says:

    You rock!

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