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PocketStrings takes guitar practice on the road

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January 22, 2012

PocketStrings portable guitar practice tool (Photo: Gizmag)

PocketStrings portable guitar practice tool (Photo: Gizmag)

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Guitarists don't like to be parted from their guitars. Even as a rank amateur, I get a nagging itch in my fingers after a couple of axeless weeks on the road. But guitars take up a lot of space and they are expensive to haul with you on a plane, so I often find myself seeking out music shops just so I can have a noodle. It's exactly this kind of affliction that PocketStrings is designed to address. It's not an instrument and it doesn't make a sound, but this portable mock-up of the first four frets of a guitar could help you satisfy the playing itch as well as giving beginners and more experienced players a take-anywhere tool on which to practice chords and build finger strength while keeping your calluses tough.

The fledgling company out of Salt Lake City, Utah, also plans to bring a six fret model to market which will be more useful for practicing scales, and there's also talk of a strummable version (the current model just has molded plastic "strings") that will put out some sound and bring the experience that bit closer to the real thing.

PocketStrings will be available next month and a release price of under US$30 is being targeted.

PocketStrings guitar practice tool
PocketStrings - real strings help build finger strength

If you have a little extra room in your suitcase and are looking for a few more frets to practice on, you could check out a slightly meatier alternative like Shredneck or a full-blown travel guitar. For my purposes though, PocketStrings compact offering fits the bill, plus my fellow travelers will be spared the pain of listening to me trying to learn the harmonica.

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Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
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4 Comments

yeah travel guitar would seem 100x more useful for 5x the space

wle

wle
23rd January, 2012 @ 08:06 am PST

"Also a six fret strummable version", why not put on another six and call it a ukulele, you can still fit it into a bag and play something on it or would that just be silly?

flibb
23rd January, 2012 @ 10:17 pm PST

Why not make a folding version that you unfold and pull to extend with pseudo-strings that create electronic sound that comes you hear through ear buds? that way it could be longer, and you could hear your successes and mistakes.

Alice Griffin
24th January, 2012 @ 10:54 am PST

thats like the dumbest thing I ever saw. Unfortunately some people will actually buy it...

Joe Sobotka
24th January, 2012 @ 03:41 pm PST
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