MIT student Amit Zoran''s Chameleon Guitar uses an internal computer and interchangeable soundboards.
As you might imagine from the name, the Chameleon Guitar has the ability to be everchanging and adapting. Created by MIT Media Lab master’s student Amit Zoran, the Chameleon is an electric guitar with an interchangeable central soundboard. Zoran’s idea was to be able to “plug in” the acoustic qualities that are unique to each piece of wood without changing the feel of the guitar.
Each interchangeable soundboard provides a unique tonal base due to its composition and structure. From there, the signal is processed through five pickups and can then be manipulated digitally in the guitar’s built-in computer to simulate different sizes or shapes of the same wood—allowing for sounds that would not otherwise be physically possible. Zoran says that the nature of the Chameleon Guitar lends itself to greater freedom to experiment. Instead of having to buy an entire new guitar to experience different wood combinations, players would be able to make a relatively small investment in a new soundboard. It would also be possible to take advantage of the tonal characteristics of pieces of wood that aren’t large enough to build a full guitar. For example, Zoran used a wooden beam from a bridge in Vermont to build a soundboard.
Zoran built the first proof-of-concept version with instrument builder Marco Coppiardi last summer, and debuted a more polished version at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January ’09. He plans on continuing the guitar’s development as his doctoral thesis project, and hopes to eventually develop it commercially.
Watch a video of Zoran explaining and playing the Chameleon Guitar:
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