Who is The jamstik Team?
We are a dedicated group of music enthusiasts, engineers, artists, and tech-lovers banded together around the jamstik vision. We enjoy contributing to various parts of the project and seeing them come to life as we come together.
Based in Minneapolis, MN our parent company, Zivix is a hardware, software, and technology company passionate about music technology and focused on making musical instruments more accessible for everyone. Zivix builds products for professional musicians, people who want to become musicians, or people who just want to have fun with musical tools. We are proud to say that 100% of our products are Made in the USA.
Where did you get the inspiration for your product?
The inspiration for the jamstik+ was ignited when we saw the popularity of guitar rhythm games peak in the late 2000’s. The desire to learn guitar was amplified for a whole new generation so we wanted to create a fun and intuitive way to help people become guitar players. At the same time, we saw more people than ever using tablets and smartphones, and the ways in which those devices were changing the way we live, work and play. The jamstik+ is our vision in marrying the music tech and mobile worlds with a product that can truly teach guitar. It is the vehicle to achieve our mission of making music more accessible for everyone.
What made the jamstik+ possible?
We knew we had something pretty special with the technology when we began to see non-musicians learn their first chords in only a few minutes due to our fret sensing / display technology, and we wanted to show it to the world in a big way. Being a startup company without a lot of resources to cover manufacturing and inventory costs, we turned to crowdfunding.
We knew we had an opportunity to make a big splash with our product, but we also knew we had a chance to put some other amazing organizations in the spotlight and give back to the music education community that inspired us in the first place. By choosing to give one Jamstik for every 15 pledged for, we were able to make it a big story about more than just the product.
Our campaign brought in almost 3000 backers, so we were able to donate over 175 to educators, schools, and music therapists as a result. The project raised over $800,000; making us the second largest ever run in our home state of Minnesota. This provided the momentum needed to bring the product to market in a big way, and continue improving the experience we love.
What differentiates your product from similar products out there?
Unlike other MIDI guitars, the jamstik+ has real strings and real frets, so the skills you learn or practice on it directly translate to a full-sized guitar. Combined with our software, the jamstik+ is the only MIDI guitar that shows you on screen what you’re playing, eliminating guesswork and giving you instant feedback. The technology behind the jamstik+ is something we hold multiple patents on and have perfected over the last 5 years. On top of that, it's one of the first devices to send MIDI music data over wireless Bluetooth Smart with extremely low latency. Lastly, it's truly one of the most portable guitar solutions out there, making it great for learning, practicing or songwriting on the go.