As technology gets smaller and more powerful we have seen guitars being modified in ever more creative ways. We're long past the point when strapping MIDI pickups to a guitar was considered futuristic - some of the stuff that Muse have done is particularly interesting. This however is pretty next level - Sputnik is a custom built arcade-style guitar with 7 arcade-style Bluetooth MIDI buttons, two MIDI knobs, MIDI motion control, a Fishman TriplePlay MIDI pickup and a Realtime Pixel Styled Audio Visualizer.
Originally an Ibanez Artcore AS53, the Sputnik has several Arduino micro-controllers placed inside its body to power its additional sounds and was designed and built by Remy Sefi and David Or. As you can see and hear from the video demo it not only looks cool but sounds pretty amazing as well, allowing a guitarist to live trigger all sorts of synth sounds and manipulate them in real time, as well as playing regular guitar parts. It's a whole performance in one box.
Is this the kind of thing you'd buy or build yourself if it was available? Let us know in the comments!