Each week Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new music gear that's coming out, as well as noteworthy vintage equipment:
Williams Keytar V-1 was first
shown at NAMM in January, but now they seem to be getting ready to start mass production.
It's a huge triangular 12-string semi-acoustic guitar with no neck or fingerboard - instead, there's a one-octave piano keyboard which somehow controls the strings. It's not exactly clear how it operates. One MT reader who's played it says it's a little like a Clavinet (the funky '70s instrument Stevie Wonder played on 'Superstition').
The website says the Keytar V-1 is an "authentic sounding, legitimate instrument". There are several Real Audio clips on the site which are… well, I wouldn't want to spoil the experience of listening for yourself.