Video: The Lâg HyVibe Smart Guitar Puts Effects Inside a Self-Amplifying Acoustic

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Back at January's NAMM convention, we got a chance to see Lâg/HyVibe's Smart Guitar—a line of acoustic guitars with built-in effects and a soundboard that acts as an amplifier. Chorus, delay, distortion, a looper, and more can be added to your acoustic sound, all without any external pedals, cables, or an amplifier.

The inventive system works by having a small effects processor in that same spot you'd expect to find a pickup volume and tone section on a standard acoustic-electric. The effects signal is transferred to the underside of the bridge and resonates the guitar's soundboard, effectively turning the soundboard itself into a speaker-less amplifier.

In our video above, Joe Shadid finally got the chance to test the Smart Guitar in full. As you can see, the effects and tone the guitar is able to generate on its own are extraordinary, in the truest definition of the word. No other acoustic builder has ever created a similar instrument.

As an interesting aside, the amplification afforded by system is so great that you can even use the guitar as a Bluetooth speaker, listening to music from your phone (and even playing along with it if you'd like).

The Smart Guitar is available in three different single-cutaway dreadnought bodies, ranging in price from $999 USD to $1,499. The THV20DCE has a solid Engelmann spruce top and ovangkol back and sides, and a brownwood bridge. And the top-of-the-line THV30DCE has a solid sitka bearclaw spruce top, figured bocote back and sides, and a blackwood fretboard and bridge.

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