This is Dave from fusion guitars. We get a lot of questions about how the Fusion Guitar came about, and we thought we’d answer them with our story about the development and design of the Fusion Guitar.
It all started years ago, you see, I love travelling but whenever I travel I really miss playing electric guitar. I’d be in all of these awesome places and felt really inspired to write and play music and join in on local jams, however it was impossible to take all of my electric gear with me around the world.
I’m a design engineer and so I decided to make a portable electric guitar. The first prototype was a pretty simple guitar made up of existing parts that I called Frankenstein‘s monster. It had a little Marshall battery powered amp and speaker and on top a Korg Pandora’s box effect unit so I could get different tones and effects. It was fun to play, but unwieldy to handle at times!
As you can see, this was the machine I first built to create music anywhere.
Left: Top profile with the audio interface
Right: Side profile with miniature amp
When I went travelling with Frankenstein, guitarists travelling without guitars would come up to me to have a go. I realised I was onto something and that this could be a popular product.
A few years later I made the next version of the guitar which had an MP3 player built in for playing backing tracks and for recording what you play. It also had a solar panel to recharge the batteries.
"FrankenStein" Version 2.
After some tweaking I unleashed the updated version of the Frankenstein, with much more smarts and all the technology built into the body, it sure was fun to play, and even easier to take with me on my travels.
Left: Top profile with modulation dials
Right: Front profile, showing the speaker and the extra cool solar panel!
About three years ago I discovered the fantastic power and versatility of iOS guitar apps, such as: Jamup Pro AmpliTube Tab Pro and Yousician.
With guitar apps you can get incredibly accurate simulation of famous amplifiers and stompbox effects. The apps also offer recording, looping, jam backing tracks. There are also great apps great for learning new songs or musical theory like scales and chords. And of course you can have Youtube instructional videos playing right here on the guitar.
When I discovered what iOS apps were capable of I decided to develop the next version of the guitar which would have iPhone or iPod integration, this became the Fusion Guitar.
The guitar has a built in amp and speakers and is powered by rechargeable lithium Ion batteries.
The guitar comes with 4 docks easily changed docks which cover all current iPhones and iPods with lightning connectors: iPhone 5, 6, 7 and 8, 6 +, 7 + and 8 + and also iPod Touch Gen 5 and 6. We are currently make a new dock for iPhone X which will be available soon. When Apple next update the iPhone or iPod we will make a new dock to suit that device.
See The Fusion's Specs
The Fusion is not trying to be in competition with traditional guitars like a Strat or Les Paul. I have a PRS Custom 24 and an old valve amp and I love that set-up, but I can’t easily take it to the beach or take it with me when I go on vacation. With the Fusion your guitar, guitar rig with amps and effects can go with you wherever you go. It can even be a portable recording studio.
For me the most important aspect of the Fusion is the quality of the guitar itself. We wanted to make the guitar components as high quality as possible for the price and we think we’ve produced a quality instrument which even professional players will enjoy playing.
The neck is a modern oval C profile similar to current Fenders and the medium jumbo frets are well finished.
The pickups are high quality humbuckers and the bridge pickup has a split coil operated by a push-pull switch on the pickup volume control.
Pictured: Fusion Guitar neck pickup and neck through body design.
Since launching the Fusion Guitar we have hundreds of players using their Fusion Guitar everyday. Designed this guitar with the player in mind and now players all over the world love playing their Fusion! Check it out and let us know what you think!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
As seen on Guitar World - Check it out!
Fusion Guitar Demo by Riff's And Beards
“Analog and digital worlds collide in the Fusion Guitar”
-Paul Ridden, Gizmag
“...a fine travel guitar. You don’t even need to bring an amp with you.”
- Damien Fanelli, Guitar World
“...one of the smartest guitars we’ve ever encountered.”
- Aliya Barnwell, Digital Trends
The Fusion Community
See how everyday players user their Fusion Guitar.
“I’ve been playing my Fusion Guitar non-stop and after not playing for many years it's all coming back to me. Let me say once again that the Fusion Guitar is fantastic in every way”
- Andy Plarinos, Backer.
“I've probably played more guitar in the last three days than I've played in the last year or so, because it's been so hard to put the thing down.”
- Nigel Watson, Backer.
“A dream came true, the Fusion team started the mass production and this guitar proved to be a high-quality musical instrument with infinite potential for all genres of music!”
- Perseas Konstantinos, Backer.
Fusion Guitar - Maple
The world’s most advanced electric guitar with built-in amp, speakers and iPhone / iPod integration. Full-scale premium maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.