Misa Digital's stringless Kitara goes up for pre-order: $849 for a truly unique musical instrument

Remember the Misa Digital Guitar? Well, it's called the Kitara now, it's taken on a fresh lick of paint, and it's ready to be pre-ordered now for an April delivery. The Kitara discards old fashioned strings and has you strumming along on a multitouch display instead, populating the fretboard with a litany of buttons that modify the aural output from your digital input. It has an onboard synthesizer, but the real magic will happen once you plug it into your own audio equipment and start experimenting. Basically, it's like the Kinect of electronic music -- just needs a few inventive souls to harness its potential properly. They'll need fat wallets too, mind you, as turning this invention into a viable product has meant a lofty $849 starting price in the US. See a video demo and the full Kitara press release after the break.

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Kitara is the guitar, reinvented. It's 100% digital, giving guitarists a brave new world of electronic sound and expression - on stage and in the studio. With an onboard polyphonic synthesizer and multi-touch screen, Kitara allows guitarists to fully express their musical vision, creating electronic music that pushes the limits of what's possible.

Typical Kitara owners will include studio musicians, DJs, electronic musicians, ambient musicians, traditional guitar players and aspiring musicians looking for a truly unique experience to create, explore and share.

Kitara will be sold in the US at a suggested retail price of $849 with Kitara Special Edition selling for $2,899.

Features/functionality of Kitara and Kitara Special Edition
Kitara and Kitara Special Edition include an innovative multifunction touchscreen, MIDI controls and an on-board polyphonic synthesizer with effects. Meticulously designed and crafted for musicians by musicians, Kitara and Kitara Special Edition allow players to explore and create limitless sound possibilities.

Why Kitara
Digital keyboards and drums have long given players the ability to explore new musical worlds. Digital guitars have been the missing piece of the puzzle. That's because the nature of guitars makes it difficult to create and control electronic sounds. Michael Zarimis, a passionate engineer and musician from Sydney, Australia, designed the Kitara break through these traditional constraints, allowing guitarists to join the digital world.