I don't even know where to begin expressing how much I love this instrument. I don't think you can get any more guitar-like of a MIDI controller, because it's ACTUALLY a guitar. It's opened an entirely new world of sounds to me, I can't put it down, I can't stop finding new uses for it every time it's in my hands. EASILY one of the greatest purchases I've made in my entire life.
It’s a great idea, and a great product. The design and the midi part is awesome and tracks better than any other real word midi guitar I own (Multiac Nylon Sa, a Roland già strat, a triple play equipped superstrat). The Mpc tracking is a real new world. The bridge design and the neck to body angle can be better, the setup too, but I ever set up my own guitar to my playing, so this isn’t a problem. The standard pickups are a little… standard. I’ve replaced them with a set of Fishmann fluence modern humbuckers and in the control cavity there’s just room to fit a rechargeable battery pack. Now the guitar is great as midi controller and very good as guitar. The size and the headless design is a plus for traveling, but the body shape and the overall balancing is very good, sitting as played standing up. The software is great under Mac OSX but the lacking of a real iOS counterpart is a pity. And on the softwa}e side, a lite version with only the setting up options, without the synth part, in AU plug-in format can be a good future add-on.
The tracking is incredibly good. You do need to play cleanly and loudly, but once you adapt your style a little, it just works really well. MPE mode allows you to bend strings individually as well as capture the full expression of volume changes and natural string decay. Make sure you are using a synth that supports MPE and you will be amazed at how natural it sounds. Every guitar player should try one of these, it opens so many doors. So many new sounds and possibilities. I am not giving five stars because my guitar arrived with a small defect (bridge pickup selector position is not soldered correctly and thus produces no sound), and I am still waiting for the company to get back to me, but it is probably an easy fix and not a huge problem at all. Absolutely worth every cent, you get so much value for the price. The software suite is modern and practical. It provides a great starting point for you to start configuring your guitar and exploring the world of synth-driven tones. I can't overstate how happy I am with the Jamstik Studio. Great job Jamstik!
Size: 24 Frets, Compact 3/4 Body Size, 32.5'' Length, 5.5lbs
Scale Length: 25.5"
Pickups: 2 Humbuckers, 3-Way Switch, Coil Tap for Single Coil Use, Hex MIDI Pickup
|Height||32.5'' / 825.5mm|
|Net Weight||5.5lb /2.5kg|
|Body Paint / Color Options||Black Matte/Blue Matte/White Matte|
|Scale Length||25.5'' / 648mm|
|Fretboard Radius||13.78" / 250mm|
|Number of Frets||24 (Mother of Pearl Dots)|
|Neck Width||1.57'' /40mm|
|Bridge Pickup||LIGHTNING LH-B|
|Neck Pickup||LIGHTNING LH-N|
|Pickup Switching||3-Position Toggle|
|Knobs / Special||1 volume knob—pull switches single coil pickup|
USB-C to USB-A cable for MIDI connection & simultaneous charging.
Use the 3.5mm TRS-MIDI cable & 5-pin adapter to control analog hardware.
Integrated Bluetooth chip for wireless connectivity with mobile apps.
Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with 8+ hours of playtime.
Plug into amps, interfaces and otherwise as usual. You can even record audio and MIDI simultaneously.
2 Humbuckers, 3-Way Switch, & A Volume Knob with Coil Tap for Single Coil Use
The MIDI pickup is magnetic, so any metal strings will work just fine.
The Jamstik will automatically detect capo placement without requiring any settings changes.
A precision-mounted hex MIDI pickup sends signal to our powerful onboard processors, which perform algorithmic pitch analysis & MIDI conversion in near realtime.
Unlike MIDI pickups and software options, the Jamstik is equipped with dedicated onboard processors, taking any CPU load off your computer. With wired USB connection, latency ranges from 6 to 15 milliseconds.
Advanced algorithms allow us to accurately detect and translate your guitar playing nuances & articulations—including polyphonic bends, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, tapping, velocity, muting, palm muting, and more.
The Jamstik Studio is the first MIDI Guitar Controller to take advantage of MIDI Polyphonic Expression, allowing for an incredibly accurate translation from the analog guitar to digital MIDI.
Jamstik Creator was built from scratch to harness the MPE-enhanced performance capabilities and dynamic nuances of the Studio MIDI Guitar. It's both a utility application for customizing your Jamstik's settings, and a full hybrid synthesizer.
The Jamstik Creator software is available as a standalone application for Mac & PC, and as a VST3 or AUv3 plugin to use within a DAW.