So, now again something funny, the Circle Guitar. The english designer Anthony Dickens has finally turned an idea that has been growing for some time into a real and, above all, playable instrument. A guitar of a different kind. And that’s what I really like to have here in this blog.

At a first glance it looks a bit like an e-banjo or a dobro, the Circle Guitar quickly turns out to be a completely new idea in guitar playing. Around the bridge of the guitar a rotating disc is mounted in which a motor-driven sequencer can extend through 128 holes of pins, which in turn strike the strings of the guitar.

At supposedly 250bpm (which probably means rotations per minute) the Circle Guitar really gets the tempo going. While you pick up the notes with your left hand as usual, your right hand rests on 6 buttons. I assume that each button is assigned to a string. The electronics are so clever that they extend the pins at the right time to strike only the pressed strings.

On new ways

The guitar can synchronize the tempo via USB with any DAW you want. Apart from the normal luthier woodwork, the construction was made possible by the generous use of 3D printers. Unfortunately there is only one prototype at the moment, which took about 2 years to develop. But I doubt if it will go into production one day. The target group might be rather small with the expected price. Nevertheless I would like to try this guitar.

That such a continuous striking of the strings invites to explore new sound worlds is beyond question. Whether it is really useful for the song in the end depends on the creativity of the guitarist. A little bit the sound reminds me of a stuttering E-Bow. But you don’t have to play the whole song with the rotating disc of the Circle Guitar. Normal picking is still allowed.

Mainimage: Anthony Dickens

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