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ARP AVATAR

ARP Avatar guitar synthesizer

The ARP Avatar was one of the first guitar synthesizers. It used a hexaphonic pickup and patented pitch extraction circuit to sense the notes from a standard guitar, this was coupled with the tone generation circuits of an Arp Odyssey synthesizer.

This is ARP's description of the Avatar guitar synthesizer, from their own product brochure:

THE AVATAR works like any synthesizer except that it’s controlled by a guitar rather than a keyboard.

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ARP

ARP Instruments Incorporated were an electronic music company that came to prominence in the 1970s but ceased trading in 1981, due in part to their innovative but ill-fated Avatar guitar synthesizer.

ONCOR TOUCH BASS SYNTHESIZER

The Oncor The Touch bass guitar synthesizer was a self contained instrument which could be played through any amplifier. It had no strings to replace or tune. Instead the Oncor synth used sensitive fret switches to select notes, while the sounds were actived by four spring loaded strum bars. It had various synthesized features including fret memory and an instantaneous three octave change.These bass synths were made in the USA from around 1979 to 1980.

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ONCOR TOUCH GUITAR SYNTHESIZER

The Oncor The Touch guitar synthesizer was a self contained instrument which could be played through any amplifier. It had no strings to replace or tune. Instead the Oncor synth used sensitive fret switches to select notes, while the sounds were actived by six spring loaded strum bars. It had various synthesized features including fret memory and an instantaneous three octave change.

These instruments were made in the USA from around 1979 to 1980.

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ONCOR SOUND

Oncor Sound of Salt Lake City sold guitar and bass synthesizers in the 1970s. The Oncor guitar synthesizer had 96 fret switches which determined which note would play when you struck one of the six "strum bars" laid out where you would normally strum the strings. It was a bit like playing a full size Guitar Hero controller

Synthesizer circuitry built into the instrument, let you mute, bend, hammer on, and infinitely sustain notes. The lack of strings however, meant that you couldn't get any real guitar sounds, and the intrument was not a commercial success.

MISA digital guitar

MISA digital guitar synth white ABS plastic

The MISA digital guitar is a MIDI controller. It is essentially a guitar synthesizer, but needs to be plugged into a MIDI capable sound module. The guitar does not have strings, instead there are individual buttons corresponding to each key/string position. The sound effects are modulated by pressing a touch sensitive screen with the strumming hand.

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MISA

MISA is the brandname founded by Michael Z, a software engineer.  Michael spent a lot of my time working in embedded systems, even working for a guitar tube amp & effects company before releasing the MISA digital guitar in January 2010.

Weird sound generator guitar

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Dan Wagoner modified his first guitar (a Fender stratocaster) to include a weird sound generator analogue synth. The synth control knobs protrude from a hand made pick guard made from a motherboard. Three switches have been mounted in the fingerboard. This instrument liberates the synth player, allowing them to assume outrageous poses previously reserved for guitarists. The downside is there are no strings.

Link: Dan-Wagoner Guitar Synth Mod.

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