Gizmotron LLC Introduces The Gizmotron® 2.0 For Electric Guitar and Bass
(Boonton, New Jersey) – Gizmotron® LLC announced plans today to release a re-engineered, updated sequel to a guitar effects device that has not been seen or heard since the early 1980’s; the legendary Gizmotron.
Invented over 40 years ago by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley of the rock group 10cc, the commercial version of the Gizmotron debuted at the NAMM trade show in 1979. Heralded as a device that would transform the electric guitar and bass and offer “a new realm of musical expression”, the original Gizmotron failed to live up to expectations. Suffering from a number of engineering and manufacturing failures, the original Gizmotron was rushed to market, and ultimately doomed for disaster. Shortly after its initial release, the company originally licensed to manufacture the original Gizmotron filed for bankruptcy, causing the device to shamefully disappear into obscurity.
In 2013, after spending nearly 10 years locating rare, original Gizmotrons, Aaron Kipness, owner and founder of Gizmotron LLC, began developing the Gizmotron 2.0. Aaron and his team of engineers analyzed, researched, and ultimately unlocked the secrets of the Gizmotron.
Mr. Kipness explains, “I first heard the Gizmotron when Jimmy Page used it on Led Zeppelin’s ‘In the Evening’, the sound of it haunted me, and I couldn’t understand why no one attempted to bring this amazing device back.”
Now, 35 years later, in the most epic resurrection in electric guitar history, the Gizmotron has returned. Completely re-engineered and re-designed from the ground up by a new team of engineers, the Gizmotron 2.0 is ready to make some beautiful music. Kevin Godley, co-inventor of the original Gizmotron, has graciously offered his encouragement and support to the project.
The patent-pending Gizmotron® 2.0 offers musicians the ability to mechanically bow one or more strings of a guitar or bass by pressings its keys. Each key brings a spinning wheel into contact with a string, creating a bowing sound similar to a cello, viola or violin. The result is a symphonic tone that is organic, warm and 100% real.
By applying varying degrees of pressure to its keys, The Gizmotron 2.0 allows for nuanced touch-sensitive playing. The mechanical nature of the device offers the player total control over the timbre, attack and sustain of each note or chord.
With the Gizmotron 2.0, you can create endless sustain, haunting drones or bow polyphonic chord arrangements. It is an effect that entices orchestral sounds from your instrument and unveils a new dimension of sonic enjoyment for players and listeners alike.
No instrument modifications, special pickups, midi interfaces, or mobile apps are required. The Gizmotron 2.0 operates entirely outside of the signal chain, and receives power through an ordinary USB port.
On July 9th through July 11th Gizmotron LLC will be demonstrating the prototype version of the Gizmotron 2.0 at the Summer NAMM 2015 trade show (Booth #1652) in Nashville, TN.
For more information, visit www.gizmotron.com