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Bergstok Music designs guitars

Bergstok Music guitar designs  ·  Source: Bergstok

The Bergstok Music guitar design is currently on Kickstarter. The concept behind this instrument is to make it easy to adjust it to your playing preferences, and some of these options are pretty startling.

Reversible, customisable – and odd

Although they certainly are unusual-looking guitars, the thinking behind these guitars is pretty sound. The basis of the Bergstok design is for a guitar that can be made into what the player needs without a lot of hassle or having to use multiple instruments. You can select either left- or right-handed versions and the pickups can easily be swapped out to get your desired sound.

Magnetic

The guitars also sport a unique way of swapping out pickups, using a magnet-based system to hold them in place. I’m not sure exactly how this would work practically, as I’d imagine you would need special pickups for the job. But I like the idea of being able to tweak stuff on a guitar easily, so maybe it will evolve in time.

Berstok

Berstok with unique magnetic pickup system for swapping out easily your guitars humbuckers and single coils!

Kickstand

They have also incorporated a built in guitar stand and I know this has been done many times in the past, but has never really taken off. I’m not exactly sold on this particular aspect of the design myself. It’ll probably be too easy to knock over and damage the guitar.

Bergstok built in kickstand

Bergstok with built in ‘kickstand’

Prototype

It is currently a prototype, and although I’m not a huge fan of the design aesthetically, I like its ethos. I think it has some useful applications, especially in education. I love the idea that you can make it playable for any person and not have to compromise if you are a left-handed player, for example.

I’d love to see these go into production and maybe see the design evolve further to make it less visually jarring. But overall it would be nice to see some of these ideas trickle down into guitar design in general. Maybe they could license some of the ideas out?

For more details on teh guitars head over to Bergstok Music

You can of course also go check out their Kickstarter page and perhaps even back the idea.

by Jef

2 responses to “Bergstok Music: Reversible modular guitars looking for backing”

  1. LVEGAS-MusicSupply says:

    Please help me out here…. (unless this is intentionally done for a novelty or gimmick).
    OK…Assuming this is serious and for real (and not an April Fool’s Joke….which would be kinda funny actually)…
    At first, it seemed like an interesting idea (left or right-handed-concept). But after playing guitar most of my life (both professionally and personal enjoyment), please help me to understand… “WHY”….. you would want to convert the guitar from either right-handed or left-handed in the first place. Most people either purchase a left or right hand guitar to suit their needs. Then they spend most of their life attempting to master the instrument setup either for right or left hand playing (not both).
    At least in my experience, if you are a left-handed-player, chances are, you are not going to re-learn the instrument set-up for right-handed playing. And vise-versa….. Unless of course, you have learned everything there is to learn either right-handed (or left-handed)….and need more of a challenge to re-learn everything left-handed (or right-handed)…. Did that even make any sense ??????????? LOL
    Kinda like reaching the end-of-the-Internet, and feeling the need to surf it backwards to the beginning… However, there are a few players out there that actually can play proficiently (both left and right handed)…. so I am trying to keep a open-mind here…..
    Perhaps, I am completely missing something….. At first glance, this appears to be innovative in thinking, but it really doesn’t solve or provide any solutions to any real-life problems (that I am aware of). Maybe it solves a problem that doesn’t exist.
    As far as the other features…..still processing those right now…..
    P.S. Jef at GearNews…. thanks for sharing. Good one !!! 🙂

    • Jef says:

      It certainly is an odd concept, perhaps some of it will trickle down into future ideas for new guitars? Either way, we thought it was interesting at least…

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