A Unique Guitar That Uses Barcodes Instead of Strings

Electronics master James Bruton (previously) created a unique and fascinating multi-neck electric guitar that uses barcodes instead of strings and requires the use of a scanner to play. This guitar also sports extra features that allow for pitch and volume changes.

I built a guitar with barcodes instead of strings – but it has a few extra features including programmable buttons, pitch bend, and octave and channel shift, which are all controlled by retro game controller joysticks and buttons. It’s based on an Arduino MEGA with a USB host shield and a MIDI shield.

Bruton uploaded the Barcode Scanner Guitar code to GitHub for those who want to build their own.

via Technabob

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.