Indiegogo Alum SmartGuitar JamStik Hits Kickstarter With New Version; Captures Over $350,000 in Two Weeks

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Setting out to bring a new version of its super popular musical instrument to the market, Sioux Falls, Minnesota-based Zivix hit  Kickstarter with its “smart guitar,” the JamStik. The launch of the project comes nearly two years after the startup raised close to $180,000 on the platform’s competitor, Indiegogo.

JamStik 4Weighing in at only 2 pounds, the JamStik works wirelessly with iPad, iPhone, Mac laptop.  The company’s apps allow the user to start playing right away. The company stated:

“Our included apps guide you from how to hold a pick correctly, all the way to playing your first song. The other 100’s of compatible apps bring your creativity to levels you can hardly imagine.”

Features of the JamStik include:
  • Guitar+: 5 octave range, custom tunings and MDI (play any sound).
  • Real Deal: real metal strings and frets but there is no tuning needed.
  • Wireless: No wires to get in the way
  • Compatible: Works with iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
  • Quiet: Not as loud as a regular guitar
  • Compact: Fits in any backpack

JamStik 3During a recent interview with Argue Leader, CEO of Zivix, Ed Cannon stated:

“[The JamStik] makes it a lot easier to connect and still surf the web to play songs and we have been getting rave reviews about it. So at the strong encouragement of Kickstarter, we went back to crowdfunding to launch our product. We have bee elated at the response and support.”

Noting why the company decided to use Kickstarter over Indiegogo, project manager Matt Cannon shared:

JamStik 1“[Kickstarter] represents the biggest community of early adopters, creative and tech lovers on the planet. Raising money through crowdfunding gives us a chance to have a closer conversation with our backers as we bring our new product to life.”

The Jamstik’s estimated delivery to backers will be in June and are being sold through the campaign for $299 or $259 with a case. The instrument will be retailed for $299. The project is set to close on May 7th.


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