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Touch-Control Guitars

The Jane Guitar Uses LED Touch Sensors to Switch Between Pickups

— February 20, 2015 — Art & Design
This guitar, developed by Swiss duo Pirmin Giger and Silvan Kung of Relish Guitars, may be called the Jane guitar but there's nothing 'Plain Jane' about this instrument. The standout feature of this guitar is the fact that players can switch between the handmade humbucker pickups using touch sensors rather than a 3-way or 5-way pickup switch.

Interestingly, this guitar is neither a single cut nor a double cut -- its body comprises three layers including a pair of veneer wood panels and an aluminum frame. The back plate isn't screwed in place but is held in place by magnets that can be opened using any old guitar pick.

That the Plain Jane's pickups can be toggled using LED-illuminated touch sensors is pretty convenient, especially when you consider that the sensors can also act as a 'kill switch' to mute the output -- without having to separately turn down the volume.

There's nothing gimmicky about this feature as it enhances player convenience and will help players express themselves better.
Trend Themes
1. Touch-control Pickups - The use of touch sensors to switch between pickups in guitars is a trend that enhances player convenience and expression.
2. Led-illuminated Sensors - The incorporation of LED-illuminated touch sensors in guitars serves as a disruptive innovation that simplifies pickup switching and provides a 'kill switch' function.
3. Innovative Guitar Designs - The development of guitars with unique body compositions, such as the three-layer body with veneer wood panels and an aluminum frame, is an emerging trend in the industry.
Industry Implications
1. Musical Instruments - The use of touch sensors and LED-illuminated sensors in guitars presents disruptive opportunities for innovation and advancement within the musical instrument industry.
2. Technology - The integration of touch sensors and LED technology in guitars opens up new possibilities for innovation and product development within the technology industry.
3. Design and Manufacturing - The creation of innovative guitar designs, such as the three-layer body with veneer wood panels and an aluminum frame, presents disruptive opportunities for design and manufacturing industries to explore new possibilities.
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