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Musical Instrument Discussion => Guitars => Topic started by: KenBJammen on October 24, 2013, 04:32:11 PM

Title: Fretlight Guitar Review
Post by: KenBJammen on October 24, 2013, 04:32:11 PM
Last night my local shop had a Fretlight rep there showing off the fretlight guitar system. 

(http://archive.makezine.com/images/tools/fretlight.jpg)
http://fretlight.com/ (http://fretlight.com/)

This is a system that you hook to your computer (PC or MAC) and it trains you how to play guitar.  The Rep had one of the "higher" end models and his comment was he was actively gigging with this guitar.

The demo was neat, pretty much can download any tab that exists in Midi format or Guitar Pro format, and it will light up little dots on the fretboard to show you how to play the song.  Also has the ability for a guitar instructor to use a midi enabled guitar to trigger the fret light up on the fretlight guitar. 

So overall the software worked as it was demoed and that part was neat.  It would be a great guitar to learn notes, scales, chords and how to play a song note for note. 

Then I picked one up.   Wow, what a surprize.  a $499 guitar.  Here it goes.

The whole thing felt light and cheap.  The neck is plastic, not even a good attempt at wood.  It looks good until you get about 3 feet away, then it even looks cheap.  The body is less resonant than any low end squier, AXL, or crapocaster I have ever held.  The electronics probably go on the same line as a MIM strat at best.  The acoustic was the same way, felt very very cheap.  Neither stayed in tune well.  Made in China and felt like it was made in China.

Summary:

Pros:  Great for learning.  So many midi files and Guitar Pro files out there.  Tracks well. 

Cons: Cheap construction feel, cheap sound, cheap build.  Not for anything but learning. 

Best for: New guitar players or those who need to learn exact note for note solos or scales.
Not for: Advance guitar players who do not need to copy a song verbatim.





Title: Re: Fretlight Guitar Review
Post by: DannyDV8 on October 25, 2013, 12:48:39 AM
It was a good idea in the begining, but I jast knew in my heart they'd have to screw it up with crappy materials and shitty craftsmanship.
Title: Re: Fretlight Guitar Review
Post by: yosoytudios on October 25, 2013, 11:00:21 AM
ken, i don't think that is a learning tool that is helpful beyond tabs. i mean the tabs tell you on what string and what fret to put your finger. what more could you possibly need? if someone can't figure out how to count frets, they really shouldn't play guitar. for beginners it is completely useless, as it does not help with technique nor theory. where to put the finger is just about the least important thing for a beginner. how to do it, learning proper mechanics and theory is what matters. that way you are teaching how to play every song, instead of teaching them one at a time. also, your contention that this is good to learn to play a song note for note is not valid, as you'll have a hard time getting tabs that are that accurate.
Title: Re: Fretlight Guitar Review
Post by: KenBJammen on October 25, 2013, 01:07:34 PM
ken, i don't think that is a learning tool that is helpful beyond tabs. i mean the tabs tell you on what string and what fret to put your finger. what more could you possibly need? if someone can't figure out how to count frets, they really shouldn't play guitar. for beginners it is completely useless, as it does not help with technique nor theory. where to put the finger is just about the least important thing for a beginner. how to do it, learning proper mechanics and theory is what matters. that way you are teaching how to play every song, instead of teaching them one at a time. also, your contention that this is good to learn to play a song note for note is not valid, as you'll have a hard time getting tabs that are that accurate.
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I was trying to be nice.  THe thing really is a piece of crap and I wouldn't be caught dead with one.  So many kids want to learn something note for note and don't care about theory or playing well.  Accuracy of tab has always been an issue.

Have you ever touched one?
Title: Re: Fretlight Guitar Review
Post by: DannyDV8 on October 25, 2013, 04:31:43 PM
Look at all the useless crap you find in music stores.  My favorite is the little spring loaded goodie that you hold in your hand that has little buttons that you're supposed to press down on in order to build finger strength.  How about the half guitar neck that just sits there and stares at you.   WTF is that supposed to signify?  Still, I'm convinced that there's more money to be made selling this crap than one could ever make actually playing the guitar.........