In 1972, a movie called Deliverance inspired musicians through the banjo/guitar duel of Billy Redden and Ronny Cox. Since then, many musicians have wanted to add the sound of a banjo to their compositions. However, learning how to play a new instrument is no easy feat and takes time. Musicians also try using emulation programs, but those never quite work as expected of them. Guitarist Jon Langberg came up with a new idea for this dilemma. He created the guitar-jo accessory that makes electric guitars sound like a banjo.
The guitarist designed the accessory for fun, wishing to use it for one of his performances. He never expected it to amount to much. As he was preparing electric guitar accompaniments for one of his concerts, he felt that a certain song would definitely benefit from the presence of a banjo. As he couldn’t learn how to use a banjo in just one week, he started seeking ways to recreate the sound. He discovered that placing a cloth under the strings of the guitar gave a similar sound, but was an inconsistent practice. Therefore, he had to create something more reliable.
He came up with a Plexiglas dampening device that was attached to the guitar with suction caps. The device recreated the sounds of a banjo so he called it guitar-jo. After the concert many people approached the guitarist asking about his invention. In time, interest rose and he was asked to think about marketing his invention. After redesigning the guitar-jo, the artist started a campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign that will last until September 25th hopes to raise a relatively modest sum, US$2,900. The pledge for one guitar-jo starts at $45 and if all goes well shipping will begin in October.
Do you think the guitar-jo is a useful accessory for guitarists?