COOL GEAR ALERT: The Gittler Guitar
The Gittler Guitar has a very interesting history. You can read plenty about it in this brilliant Vintage Guitar article. Avraham Bar Rashi (formerly Allan Gittler) designed this revolutionary instrument. How do we describe it… it’s a six-string instrument with a pickup for each string. The stainless steel frets are bars pressure-fitted into the stainless steel neck, and the six pickups can be routed to separate outputs like a Kramer Ripley. The Museum of Modern Art has one in its collection, as does the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Avraham Bar Rashi passed away in 2003. But his designs live on! Check out the newly improved Gittler Guitar: 31 rounded frets, patented tuning machines, improved headstock design, active electronics and both standard 1/4″ and Hexaphonic outputs, a luminescent fret marking system… sure, it’s not for everyone, but for those of us with a flair for the unusual it’s beautiful.
You’ll be able to check it out in person at NAMM 2013. Booth #1027, Hall E. I’ll be sure to give it a spin and report back!