By Andrew Liszewski
Inspiration can literally strike anywhere, but what if you’re a musician who’s just come up with the next Grammy winning song and don’t have any way to document it? Well that wouldn’t be a problem with the iDea guitar from Ovation. It features a built-in MP3 player, and while the technical specs are a bit vague, I have to assume it’s got a few gigs of flash storage onboard allowing you to capture an impromptu performance at a moment’s notice.
On the side of the guitar you’ll find a control panel with an LCD display, mic input and USB connection, as well as a 4-way controller for navigating the menus and a set of basic EQ sliders covering the bass, mid and treb. You’re able to record just the guitar, the mic or whatever’s connected to an additional aux in jack, or you can mix them together for a more elaborate performance. Other features include a pitch-stable variable speed playback option, so you can slow things down while practicing a recorded song, and of course the ability to easily sync your recordings to a PC via the USB port.
The Ovation iDea Acoustic/Electric guitar is available now, and you can find it online for around $600.