Jamstik+

Bluetooth Connected Guitar

MIDI Music

Learn to play the guitar at your own pace, anywhere. Jamstik+ is a second generation, wireless MIDI guitar that pairs a traditional guitar neck—with frets and strings—with downloadable lessons. A library of free apps teaches you techniques that translate to a regular guitar.

Jamstik+ plays through your iPad, iPhone, or Mac—which
is where the sound comes from. A new feature, magnetic pick up, creates a better connection between the pick and the metal strings to deliver instant feedback through the interactive tutorials. Bluetooth connectivity has also been added.

Start with simple hand placement and work your way up to chords. If you’re already an accomplished musician, create your own music with MIDI apps. (MIDI is a digital standard that lets electronic instruments communicate with computers and their programs, like Garage Band and Digital Performer.)

Founder Daniel Sullivan has been innovating at the intersection of tech and creativity for years, and his mission with Jamstik+ was to join music and mobile devices to teach guitar.

Compact and easy to transport, Jamstik+ helps you learn at your own speed, wherever you are. Before you know it, you’ll be a guitar hero.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jarod
    Jarod

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Jamstik+ to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/2/2015 5:28 PM

    You saw an opportunity with an increase in playing guitar and tablet use, was developing a business around it an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:29 PM

    This was definitely a gradual process, our founder, Dan Sullivan, was involved in the infancy of digital keyboards as the transition from strictly piano moved in to the digital world. When Guitar Hero became so popular clearly showing how impactful the desire to participate in music was, Zivix was born.

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:29 PM

    The mission was to make music more accessible to everyone. The core idea, to make learning the guitar fun, mobile, and producing results through the use of the Zivix patented finger-sensing system. Now anyone can take their teacher wherever they go combining the Jamstik+ and the companion teaching apps.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/2/2015 5:29 PM

    You guys make Jamstik+ in the USA, which is awesome, how important was that to you in development?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:30 PM

    This was critical for two reasons. One to make sure we have the strictest quality controls. The Jamstik is very complex and we must get it right every time. Second, with so much IP in the product we also wanted to keep the secret sauce safe.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/2/2015 5:30 PM

    If someone is just getting into guitar, do you recommend Jamstik+ in conjunction with lessons in-person?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:31 PM

    The Jamstik+ is the perfect compliment to traditional lessons. Not only does the Jamstik+ assist with getting over the initial hurdles where 90% of new players quit, the Jamstik system also reinforces what the teacher has taught the player, including interactive drills to keep building skills and allows for practicing anywhere….. planes, trains, automobiles.

  • Dyan
    Dyan
    12/3/2015 10:11 PM

    Is this available for other string instruments? Such as Banjo or Mandolin.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 9:37 AM

    Not yet, Dyan! But Jarod said they are looking into it. Check out his full answer below!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/2/2015 5:31 PM

    What audiences do you see Jamstik+ resonating with?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:33 PM

    We actually see a very broad audience as most everyone on the planet wants to play an instrument and many have tried only to give up as it’s not an easy process. We see 10 year olds up to 65 year olds, but primarily, it’s young adults to about 44 being the core audience. We are also piloting a number of schools with a great response. In 2016 we are dedicating more resources get the Jamstik+ experience into as many schools as we can.

  • Luffing
    Luffing
    12/3/2015 10:49 AM

    @Jarod I travel a lot and wanted to do something other than sitting and watching the television in the evening at the hotel. I went to a music store looking for something that would travel easily. I ended up purchasing a Ukulele. It was compact, light but had the downside of being a bit fragile. If I had the opportunity back then, I would have bought this in a heartbeat. What a super idea!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 2:24 PM

    Thanks so much, Luffing! Dare I say carry a Ukulele AND a Jamstik+?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 3:03 PM

    @Mike thanks Luffing! We appreciate checking it out and your feedback.

    Ukuleles are awesome! The jamstik is also portable and actually very durable. We've had very few customers even break a string yet. The jamstik is nice because it's just limitless on the possibilities of things you can with combined with your mobile device or computer to create songs, learn chords, scales and more. You can also play silently so playing on an airplane is no problem!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/2/2015 5:35 PM

    What does it mean to you to be launching on The Grommet and what do you expect the feedback from the community to be like?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:36 PM

    The Grommet is such a unique and in our opinion well respected partner with a great community. One of our core goals for us having a relatively new brand is to work with partners that can help amplify the story, when we can tell the Jamstik story and put it in people hands the response is amazing. We expect that the feedback within the Grommet community will be amazing and are very excited to begin the journey.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/2/2015 5:36 PM

    Answer honestly, how many times per day do you have a giant jam band session in the Jamstik+ offices?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/2/2015 5:37 PM

    Simple answer, not enough! A day will never go by without hearing new sounds coming from our musicians and at least weekly a team jam session where everyone get’s to show off.

  • Lloyd
    Lloyd
    12/3/2015 11:55 AM

    @Jarod

  • Lloyd
    Lloyd
    12/3/2015 11:57 AM

    @Lloyd Any chance you can put a sound bite on so we can hear it?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 2:01 PM

    Here you go, Lloyd!

  • Hilary
    Hilary
    12/3/2015 9:52 AM

    Can this product be used as an electric or acoustic guitar? How would someone that has a few years of guitar lessons use this? It looks awesome!

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:19 AM

    @Hilary Thanks Hilary! Yes you can play electric and acoustic guitar sounds, or you can play piano, strings, bass and other instruments with it. Anything is possible with MIDI. Garageband is a great mobile app with a ton of sounds, or you can play with DAWs like Protools, Ableton, Reason and more.

    There is a lot of uses for someone with a couple of years experience such as having a portable and convenient instrument to create songs with at anytime on the go. You can use it at a songwriting tool just as you would a MIDI keyboard or any other musical instrument. If you want to brush up on your chords and scales our app has you covered with interactive tracking of your playing so you can know right from wrong. So many uses!

  • Perry
    Perry
    12/3/2015 10:03 AM

    only for Apple? android version coming?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:21 AM

    @Perry Apple was the first to support MIDI via Bluetooth. Android is now supporting MIDI via the new Android Marshmallow platform and we will be announcing this very soon!

    The jamstik also has USB Connectivity so it will work with PC and any MAC with DAW's like Protools, Ableton, Reason, etc.

  • Matthew
    Matthew
    12/3/2015 10:03 AM

    I'm so happy to see JamStik on The Grommet. This website has been a favorite of mine for the past year and a half or so and I've been excited about JamStik since I first heard about it when it was still in the crowd-funding phase. The JamStik is one of the greatest guitar-related inventions so far in the 21st century.

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:23 AM

    @Matthew Thanks Matthew! We appreciate that a lot!

  • Ian
    Ian
    12/3/2015 10:06 AM

    I love this. Any plans on doing the same for Bass Guitar? I have been looking for a way to play and practice at work and while traveling.

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:25 AM

    @Ian Thanks for the comment Ian. We've had a lot of requests for Bass! We will look into this in the future as we grow. You can play bass sounds and tones with jamstik and we do have bass tunings available. We will post videos to our social channels with jammin bass on jamstik, stay tuned!

  • Keddy
    Keddy
    12/3/2015 10:09 AM

    when will there be an Android version???

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:30 AM

    @Keddy Thanks for the comment Keddy. Very soon! It's hard to say right now but we are making huge progress with the new Android Marshmallow platform which now supports MIDI via Bluetooth LE and USB. We will be announcing soon so stay tuned to our social channels.

    The jamstik also has USB Connectivity so it will work with PC and any MAC with DAW's like Protools, Ableton, Reason, etc.

  • CHRISTOPHER
    CHRISTOPHER
    12/3/2015 10:10 AM

    Hey Jarod,

    Why did you decide to charge extra for a case? Seems incomplete without a case and I always find it frustrating when merchants present goods incomplete and charge extra to complete them. Just curious on your thought process.

    CJS

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:39 AM

    @CHRISTOPHER Hey Christopher, thanks for the question. Since we first sold our cases we charged extra for them and there will always be added overall value whether included "free" in a bundle. We've been including them in holiday specials as much as we can! We want to offer you a great product at the best price possible. Some customers have their own cases they've used and also the jamstik is very durable and can hold up just fine in a backpack.

  • Ivan
    Ivan
    12/3/2015 10:20 AM

    Jarod,

    Is a internet connection necessary for the bluetooth to work with the guitar and IOS device? And does the bluetooth version still allow for direct connection if there are connection issues? Thanks

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:41 AM

    @Ivan No, an internet connection is not necessary for the Bluetooth to work with the jamstik. There are no connection issues with Bluetooth LE / Smart, it's very consistent! Thanks for the questions.

  • Gene
    Gene
    12/3/2015 10:48 AM

    A version for Lefties??

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:53 AM

    @Gene You know it! If you click the link above ^ you can choose from Left or Right handed. I'm also a lefty so cheers! :) Thanks Gene

  • Susan
    Susan
    12/3/2015 10:53 AM

    Can this be used by left and right handed guitar players?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 10:58 AM

    @Susan Yes, it is strung and shipped to you in either left or right handed. Made in the US. You can choose Left or Right handed at the purchase link above ^

    Thanks Susan!

  • Patrick
    Patrick
    12/3/2015 11:34 AM

    @Jarod I am a lefty but my daughter looks to be right handed. Can the Jamstik be interchangeable?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 1:58 PM

    @Guest Like a regular guitar, jamstik+ is shipped as lefty or righty and is not interchangeable. Thanks for asking!

  • Everett
    Everett
    12/3/2015 11:23 AM

    Hi, is there a Jamstik and a Jamstik+ model?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 11:54 AM

    @Everett Yes! The jamstik+ is our newest model with Bluetooth Smart connectivity and also a new magnetic picking system. It's very accurate! Both jamstik's are nice options and come with USB connectivity which works with pretty much any MIDI application.

  • Guy
    Guy
    12/3/2015 11:26 AM

    OK - great, Android is coming (for Marshmallow...) and there is a USB plug for PC. What software do you provide for PC? If you don't have similar apps for the PC - I see that as fewer features - the key one being the lessons.

    Do you have all of that mapped out?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 11:56 AM

    @Guy You got it! USB for PC with Protools, Ableton, Reason, etc. tons of DAWs. Also works with Guitar Pro to write tabs. We're working to support our teaching apps on PC soon!

  • David
    David
    12/3/2015 11:33 AM

    What strings are used? Are they replaceable? Is the first metal-looking fret from the nut the first fret or the second? Hard to tell from pics.

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 12:01 PM

    @David We use ultra durable nickel wound strings specifically made for jamstik. They are replaceable although we haven't had many customers ever break a string!

    Yep that's the first fret there. 5 frets total. We also have a digital capo feature which allows you to play any 5 frets on a standard guitar, and also octave up or down. Thanks David!

  • Vince
    Vince
    12/3/2015 11:36 AM

    I've tried other music-related products that use Bluetooth. There is usually a timing issue because of the Bluetooth latency. How did you address that? Is there a lag between picking the string and hearing the sound?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 12:20 PM

    @Vince Thanks for the question Vince. Latency is based on several things. It first takes a period of time for MIDI to get to be sent to the device via Bluetooth 4.0, then it's up to the devices hardware buffer size settings to determine when the sound is sounded.

    With a Mac running Protools or Ableton with a low buffer size (64, 128, etc or variable in Ableton) at times we're able to beat speeds of some 5pin and USB MIDI devices.

    With iPad, or iPhone we're also able to achieve very low latency with optimal buffer settings from the app. With apps like SampleTank you can choose to play with ultra low latency. Some apps are variable based on your hardware. It's always best to quit all apps running in the background to save on processing power.

    The jamstik also comes with USB connectivity which is very solid, although it's still based on your devices H/W Buffer Size settings.

  • Wayne
    Wayne
    12/3/2015 11:41 AM

    This looks awesome.. need to work on my wife! I travel (leisure) a lot and I've attempted to lug my backpacker to Europe.. but even with its compact size.. it was just one more bag to carry around. I see the Jamstick+ slipping into my carry-on bag and voila!

    I also like the idea that I can amplify - the bakcpacker plays well .. but no volume. Looks like a great product!

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 12:22 PM

    @Wayne Thanks Wayne! Looks like the perfect fit for you. We have a ton of travelers that love using jamstik on the go to stay creative but not bulky! It's very durable and airplane friendly as you can play quietly with headphones if you'd like. Or you could plug it into a guitar amp from your device or laptop and really rock. Tons of options!

  • Dana
    Dana
    12/3/2015 11:46 AM

    Are there plans for other instruments, like banjo or mandolin?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 12:26 PM

    @Dana We are looking into several options and future models as we grow! Our founder Dan is an awesome Banjo player. You can actually play banjo and mandolin sounds with jamstik and also tune it to whatever you want digitally. Thanks for the support Dana

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    12/3/2015 12:08 PM

    The video was interesting but didn't give us a feel of what it really sounds like. Add this and I think you'd have more consumer interest.

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 1:19 PM

    @Kathy Thank you for watching the video and your interest. We're working on getting a video up here on Grommet where you can hear it being played.

    The jamstik can play and sound like any instrument or tone with the power of MIDI, so guitar, bass, strings, horns, synths, etc. similar to how a MIDI Music Keyboard works.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 2:05 PM

    Here is a taste, Kathy!

  • scott
    scott
    12/3/2015 12:22 PM

    Make me a bass!!!! I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 12:43 PM

    @scott Slappin the bass!! Thanks for the feedback. As a bass player myself, I like tuning my jamstik to drop D and load a slap bass sound or some awesome virtual bass tones and it's like a 6 string MIDI bass!!

  • Moto
    Moto
    12/3/2015 2:14 PM

    @Jarod

    JAROD, I'm happy to hear that you are a bass player as well. Like Scott and others, I want a travel bass, which is light enough but gives the feel and the sound of the real bass so I can practice my fingers and make music. I envy guitarists for this jamstik... Please please consider making the bass!! What comes down to is the neck and the string feel so that we can continue where we left off at our studio or home. Going all digital is a great idea and again, I even want to purchase jamstik even though I need more time to play my bass! Great looking product! Keep going!

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 2:47 PM

    @Moto Thanks Moto! I know you what you mean, there's nothing like those 4 huge bass strings :) I play both bass and guitar so I don't mind playing jamstik with bass tones if I'm feeling bassey. We will keep this in mind! Keep slappin the bass and keep in touch with us on social media.

  • Mike
    Mike
    12/3/2015 1:12 PM

    Will this work with Kindle Fire?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 1:31 PM

    @Mike Thanks for the comment Mike.

    Not at this time for the Kindle Fire.

    Android recently launched their new platform, "Marshmallow" which now supports MIDI over Bluetooth and USB from devices such as jamstik and is being shipped on newer devices like the Nexus 6p and updated to older devices over time.

  • Mike
    Mike
    12/3/2015 8:07 PM

    @Jarod But it will work with my laptop, right?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 10:06 PM

    Correct, Mike!

    Also, great name.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    12/3/2015 3:06 PM

    Hi Jarod,

    The Jamstik looks like a really cool instrument but it looks to me like it's rather limited with only 5 frets. Is there a design reason why you chose 5 frets instead of a few more? Thanks

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 5:30 PM

    @Elizabeth Great question! We've designed it with 5 frets to be very portable and fit the mobile lifestyle. It's great for first position chords and there is a digital capo feature that allows you to play any 5 frets on a standard guitar.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 3:10 PM

    Here's another video to give you a little taste of the Jamstik+ sound...

  • DENISE A
    DENISE A
    12/3/2015 3:23 PM

    What a great idea!!!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 5:17 PM

    Thanks so much, Denise!

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 5:30 PM

    @Mike Thanks Denise! We appreciate that!

  • richard
    richard
    12/3/2015 4:02 PM

    Hi Jarod:

    I saw that you offer a lefty model, but are lessons/apps available for the lefthanded perspective? If so, are ALL the righthanded lessons available as lefthanded lessons, or are there only a limited number?

  • Jarod
    Jarod – Special Guest
    12/3/2015 6:28 PM

    @richard Thanks for the question Richard!

    Our lefty is meant for more of the pro user and currently our apps do not flip the digital fretboard display as lefty. ALL of the lessons are still available and will bring you through as normal.

    It also works in righty or lefty the same with Four Chords app as the digital fretboard is verticle. This app is used to teach chords and rhythm to over popular 1,000 songs interactively with realtime feedback.

    Being a lefty myself, I can play through the apps just fine and actually prefer it as is but that's my personal preference. I hope that helps!

  • Richard
    Richard
    12/3/2015 6:41 PM

    R u planning on an Android based unit? This is something I've been looking for for years.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/3/2015 8:47 PM

    Hi Richard, yes! Jarod said it is in the works. Don't you worry, we'll let you know as soon it's on site!

  • Fred
    Fred
    12/3/2015 10:46 PM

    So leftys won't have any trouble learning playing the guitar after doing this?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/4/2015 9:36 AM

    That is correct, Fred!

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