Les Paul Digitales

digital les paulGibson has just released the first ethernet guitar, complete with cat5 jack alongside the time-honored quarter-inch plug.

It’s quite a computational beast, with onboard Sharc DSP, FPGA and 100 megabit ethernet. Of course this sort of digital advocacy begs the question: aren’t some things cheaper/better/simpler in analog form?

Think of the complexity involved in making feedback with this bad boy: Sound is analyzed, run through a DSP, sent over a network with tons of software to ensure timing, fed into a computer, run through a feedback VST effect, and out through a sound card. Or you could just plug into an amp and hold the guitar close by. (via boingboing)

EE Times: Guitar maker preps digital network platform

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