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Roli Seaboard Block

The award-winning Roli Seaboard Rise and Grand are amongst the most acclaimed new instruments in recent history, but both will set you back a pretty penny. Their new Seaboard Block, on the other hand, is not only more affordable but a hell of a lot more portable, too. The 24 key wave two-octave playing surface is about the size and weight of a magazine and leverages Roli’s 5D Touch technology — the same…

GET IT: $300

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Fender Mustang GT Guitar Amplifier

It’s been one of the best selling amp lines in Fender’s history, and now the Fender Mustang GT Guitar Amplifier is going high tech. On top of enhanced signal processing for better fidelity, the new line features both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, and though while you’ll still need to plug your guitar in with a cable the amp links to your smartphone running Fender’s Tone app to give you real-time control…

GET IT: $250+

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Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic Electric Guitar

Riding on the coattails of the original Klos guitar comes the Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic Electric Guitar, a similarly rugged, strikingly good-looking acoustic instrument that’s now fitted with Fishman pickups for optionally amplifying the guitar’s volume by plugging into an amp. It’s on the smaller side compared to traditional acoustic guitars which makes it all the more portable, the latter further aided by the fact that its mahogany and rosewood neck can be…

GET IT: $560+

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Freedrum

A wordplay on freedom, Freedrum is quite liberating considering it actually eliminates the need for a drum — all you need are a pair of drumsticks. The kit consists of lightweight sensors that slip onto each stick and pair via Bluetooth with your iOS smartphone (or other device, though Android’s slight audio latency makes them work less well). Then, any surface — or even just the air — doubles as a virtual drum, letting you…

GET IT: $90

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…