The first Tabophone demo video is here! The Tabophone App is revealed as we showcase the fretboard and polyphonic tuner views. Near the end, a musical idea is written out by connecting Tabophone to notation software. Without further ado, here’s the video:
We look forward to your questions and comments! This post will be continually updated as we collect feedback from all channels. That way, you can get a nice concise summary of the video right here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) What’s the ballpark price?
6-channel pickups of this sort usually cost $400 USD and above. We are aiming for 199 or below, at least for our wonderful early supporters!
2) When will it be ready?
Tabophone will be ready for pre-orders early next year. We want to make sure everything is sorted out before making promises. You’ll be the first to know as soon as we have a solid date and time. So make sure to subscribe for updates if you haven’t already!
3) Does it work with electric guitars, bass, banjo, hurdy-gurdy etc.?
Tabophone fits on most (if not, all) 6-string acoustic guitars. We may add support for other instruments in the future! Yes, even a hurdy-gurdy if everyone really, really wants one.
4) What’s the reasoning behind routing the cable upwards?
The USB cable is routed up because if it were routed down, it would interfere with your strumming. By routing up, you can easily see and plug the cable in/out at your natural guitar playing position.
5) What platforms does Tabophone App run on?
Tabophone App is already written for both Windows and Mac operating systems. As for mobile/tablet support – we do not have that yet.
6) What kind of “putty” is used to install this thing? And how easy is the cleanup?
Tabophone uses removable putty very similar to the ones you would use to stick paper onto walls. Because the device is so thin and light, it sticks very well to the guitar even on matte surfaces. So cleanup is very easy.
7) Will it hurt the finish?
Absolutely no. You can easily remove/un-stick it. Tabophone was designed to overcome this very problem encountered with some current pickup solutions (ie. double-sided tape).
8) How long would it take to setup? And to remove?
Setup and removal takes less than 5 minutes. We’re not kidding.
9) Would notation work with alternate tunings?
Your notation software should allow you to set the alternate tuning you want. Inside Tabophone App itself, you can also set any custom tuning so that the finger positions will show up correctly on the virtual fretboard.
10) Will there be support for left handed players?
Tabophone works perfectly fine with left-handed guitars. You mount it in the same way with the USB port facing up. The only quirk is that you have to mount it slightly away 1.25 cm (0.5 in) from the bridge.
11) Will this work with samplers, synths and DAWs?
Yes, check out our blog post with video here.
Don’t see your question? Post it in the comments and we’ll follow-up as soon as we can!