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.
To watch MIT’s video of Zoran
explaining the guitar, plus sound
clips, visit premierguitar.com.
The Chameleon’s frame and electronics without a soundboard in place.
Photo Webb Chappell
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Media Lab student Amit Zoran shows the Chameleon Guitar, along with
a variety of the interchangeable soundboards — made of different woods
and other materials — that can be inserted to alter the guitar's acoustic
characteristics. Photo Webb Chappell
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