Klos Carbon Fiber Guitar

Travel guitars need to be tough. Or at least tougher than standard wood designs can manage. You needn’t worry much if you’re packing a Klos Carbon Fiber Guitar, though. While it does boast a neck made of mahogany and rosewood, the Klos features a carbon fiber body that won’t crack or dent if it’s roughed up. Moisture can’t touch it either. It’s available in classic black as well as blue, red, and yellow, and the two halves come apart to further facilitate packing into a backpack or travel bag.

Find it at Kickstarter or learn more at Klos Guitars – $550+


Whaletone Royal Digital Grand Piano

Grand pianos are already bold and beautifully dominating pieces. The Whaletone Royal Digital Grand Piano, however, is on another level. With the sweeping lines and smoothness of the aquatic mammal after which it’s named, this piano is adapted to chamber performances and can even fill the largest of stadiums thanks to its digital output. In fact, the piece boasts a built-in Roland sound processor with numerous natural-sounding piano choices to choose from including those from vintage models of the mid to late 20th century. While there are no strings or hammers, the PHA III Ivory Feel keyboard features fully balanced escapement to imitate the feel of real keys while reacting acoustically to the slightest of nuances in pressure. The finishing touch is an electrically-lifted hood that rises at the push of a button to reveal the piano’s five speakers.

Learn more at Whaletone – $110,000


Magic Instruments Guitar

Learning to play guitar takes time most of us don’t have. The Magic Instruments Guitar, on the other hand, is pretty much pick-up-and-play. It’s still got strings but they end before the fretboard, the latter instead equipped with buttons that play whole chords with a single touch as you strum. To make things even easier the fretboard bears fret numbers plus key and scale indicators along its edge, and works alongside Magic Instruments’ mobile app to make playing (and finding lyrics) super simple. The guitar is also equipped with a variety of controls, inputs and outputs including volume of its built-in speaker, instrument sound controls to switch to differently-sounding guitars, a digital effects control, a 1/4-inch output to plug to an amp, a headphone and mic jack to play on headphones or record your singing, plus a USB MIDI out. It’s basically like a real guitar, minus the hundreds of hours of experience needed to sound good.

Read more at Magic Instruments – $300+


Gittler Guitar

It doesn’t remotely resemble any instrument you’ve ever seen. But don’t take that to mean that the Gittler Guitar is any less capable than its more traditional brethren: rather, it’s the opposite. Composed of a strikingly spartan set of essentials, the Gittler Guitar is entirely crafted of 6AL-4V aircraft grade titanium and boasts headless guitar tuners, 31 rounded frets that produce near-perfect intonation thanks to their low contact area, and Infinite Gliss, which grants the ability to continue playing past the 31st fret all the way down to the tuners. Its frets are also optionally identified using a luminescent fret marking system that employs pinpoint LEDs to create a trail map across the neck, helping with the learning curve. Most importantly, though, it’s fitted with six discrete transducers, six individual magnetically shielded pickups, and six individual MIDI outputs — one of each per string — to not only capture perfect tones but also track them through to popular MIDI units. Otherwise, the design is unforgivingly headless, and sports a string lock mechanism that individually vice grip locks each string to make swapping them quick and painless.

Learn more at Gittler Instruments – $5,750


Line 6 Relay G10

No complicated wireless setup required and no cables to deal with. The Line 6 Relay G10 is by far the easiest way to cut the cords on your electric guitar setup. Plug the 1/4-inch compact dongle into your guitar and start playing — the transmitter and receiver work together immediately, basically like plugging in a cable, minus the whole annoyingly-long-and-twisted-wire-getting-in-the-way part. It works with all guitar types, lasts for 8 hours on a charge and up to 200 hours on sleep mode (when not in use), and employs 24 bit Relay digital wireless sound quality for amazing detail despite over-air transmission. And when the transmitter needs a recharge, just plug it into the receiver.

Arriving in April. Read more at Line 6 – $250


Roli Seaboard Rise

The Seaboard Grand is undoubtedly amongst the most innovative keyboards to date. But it’s big, possible too big for desk-top use or for taking on the go, and priced to size. Roli’s Seaboard Rise wraps the same technology, notably a pressure-sensitive continuous surface instead of individual keys, into a small lightweight package that now runs on internal batteries. The MIDI controller is compatible with a variety of software — including Equator, which comes bundled with Rise — and hardware synths, and can be mapped and customized in five dimensions using the unique touch faders on its left. Moreover, it measures in at less than one inch thick and includes a protective carry case, making it a solid roadside companion.

Check it out at Roli – $800


Yamaha SLG Silent Guitar

While the best time for you to jam out may be in the wee hours of the morning, your neighbors likely don’t agree. And for that Yamaha’s SLG Silent Guitar was designed. Notably devoid of a sound box, the contours of its body are instead determined by two pieces that detach for far greater portability than traditional guitars. The SLG’s sound is recreated using SRT Powered, a system that uses piezo pickups and accurate sound reproduction modelled after the tones of high-end acoustic guitars. So while the sound, which is up to 90% lower volume than ordinary guitars, won’t bother people in the vicinity, just plug in a set of headphones for a full-blown silent practice session.

Learn more at Yahama or grab one at Amazon – $630+ [via]


Hudson Valley Hard Goods Guitar Stands

If run-of-the-mill wiry metal guitar stands don’t do your instrument justice, Hudson Valley Hard Goods Guitar Stands should. Available in three styles, each is made using walnut or ash coupled with copper and brass accessories for cleaner, more elegant designs. The Hyla (shown, left) mounts on a wall and holds your guitar by its headstock, rotating on a central axis to adjust to it while shielding contact points with thick leather pads. Alternatively, the Bord (right) boasts a cantilevered design that secures most Fender or Gibson style guitars by the bottom of the body, no neck support required.

Learn more at Hudson Valley Hard Goods – $165 to $230


Prisma Guitars

Skateboards break, and often. Prisma Guitars’ Nick Pourfard repurposes wood from used up and broken skateboards into colorfully eclectic tops of the bodies of electric guitars, recycling this otherwise landfill-destined wood. Each guitar is hand customized and, naturally as a result of the process, completely unique and one of a kind, literally: styles come and go quickly, and once one is sold that’s it. Each also sounds as good as it looks, which in this case is saying something.

Learn more at Prisma Guitars – $2,300+


bnd / one Guitar Stand

At home or at the studio, you prop your guitar up on a stand, so, while travelling, why settle for leaning your guitar against the wall precariously when there’s a better option? The bnd / one Guitar Stand combines extremely flexible materials along with a design that comes apart for easy storage or packing to make that happen. In fact, it’ll easy stow away in most guitar cases along with a guitar, in a backpack, or even within the dead space of an amp. To unpack, just snap it together then bend it to accommodate your instrument of choice, be it acoustic, electric, small in stature, or even a keyboard.

Hit up Kickstarter for more info – $50+


Luminlay Luminescent Guitar Knobs

Your car’s knobs and buttons light up at night to provide better visibility, so why not your guitar’s? That’s the idea behind Luminlay’s luminescent guitar knobs, a lineup of machined metal knobs in various finishes to suit any guitar or bass that are fitted with luminescent number markings for precise fine-tuning, even in absolute darkness. And, if it starts running dim, charge it using Luminlay’s LED light charger (roughly $7), which outputs short wave ultraviolet light for a quicker top-up than typical white light.

Find them at Luminlay – roughly $19


MONO M80 Guitar Case

Dire Straits knew it. Foreigner got it. John (when he was a Cougar) Mellencap even lauded the idea. If you want to be cool (and get chicks) you’ve gotta learn to play guitar. With the stylish and functional Mono M80 case, you can look like you play, bypassing all the work that comes with being an actual musician. Built around a lightweight shell that’s drop-proof, Mono’s case employs the patented Headlock design that stabilizes your ax during transport while weighing 75% less than its hardcase counterparts. The M80 also keeps your gear where you want it with storage compartments, gussets, hidden upper pockets, and even pen slots. Built to military specs with only high-test materials, this Mono is abrasion and element resistant with killer lines and an attitude that matches any musician. There’s even an interior pick window so your picks don’t feel boxed in.

Check out their offerings (including dual-guitar/bass options) at Mono or Amazon – $230+


Gibson Memory Cable

We’ve all been through it: had a fantastic idea that we should’ve immediately written down, and lost instead (note: if you go through this often and alcohol is involved every time, it may not be the ideas that are good so much as the liquor). And if you’re a musician, this can be particularly disappointing. But with Gibson’s Memory Cable powered by Tascam, you’ll never lose another creative moment. This premium quality instrument cable for guitar and keyboards – or any other instrument with a ¼” output jack, really – captures each note of your opus for later review by way of a built-in super compact recorder that stores up to 13 hours of audio on a Micro SD card in CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution. There’s no need to plug the Memory Cable into an amp, either: just plug it into any guitar, bass or keyboard and start recording your own anthem for the ages.

Learn more at Amazon – $100