I renewed my love of guitar during the pandemic and I’ve been traveling with a small guitar for the past year in the hopes that I’ll practice on vacation or whatever. The guitar I have, a Traveler, works really well and is surprisingly rugged by I’m kind of intrigued by this new Indiegogo guitar, the Mogabi.

The guitar is super portable the “body” folds over on itself. The bottom half of the guitar contains a speaker and recording system and the upper part has a full fretboard and uses nylon or steel strings. The company is offering two styles of headstock, as well, a regular rectangular one and a round one that looks pretty cool.

The electronics really makes this thing stand out. First, you have a built-in amplifier and speaker under the fretboard. Then you have an interesting recording system that lets you record live audio – guitar and voice – as you play, a boon to the traveling strummer who wants to noodle on new songs in their hotel room. Finally, it has looping feature that lets you create multi-layers songs with one guitar.

The whole thing seems like an exercise in overkill but I’ll allow it for now. The guitar starts at $650 and comes with large plastic extenders to make it about the size of a normal travel guitar. I don’t think I’d pick one of these up initially – I feel like things like this need a few passes in terms of QC and design – but it’s a very interesting start. It’s a bit pricey and it looks kind of weird but, in the end, anything that makes my guitar strumming easier on the go is a winner in my book. You can check out the product page here. The company claims they will ship in November 2022 and the product is fully funded on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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