Learn how to be a real guitar hero

Touch-sensitive guitar teaches how to play, without games.

Hammacher Schlemmer

It's a crazy notion, but some people would actually rather learn to play a real guitar as opposed to a game controller . What freaks.

Yet we're a tolerant lot here at Crave, so today we offer a device designed to help teach this distinctly analog activity. Make no mistake, however, we're not abandoning our gadgety roots: It's still a digital product, and it even uses the kind of touch technology that we all know and love (sort of).

The "Touch Sensitive Teaching Guitar" was designed with the help of Gibson and incorporates elements of its classic design. The frets light up to help guide play, not unlike the keys of some learning pianos from Yamaha and others, and it comes loaded with 12 songs including "six rock classics." But we must ask: Does the world really need more people who know how to play "Smoke on the Water"?

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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