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The electric guitar is without doubt the greatest weapon in the rock 'n'
roll armoury. Indeed the crunching kerrang of a nicely distorted axe is, in our humble opinion, the finest sound in the world.
The problem is, achieving sonic nirvana whilst spanking your plank requires all manner of accessories, including racks of pedals and a whopping great stack. Step forward the amazing iAxe 393 USB Guitar.
White iAxe USB Guitar
This revolutionary instrument might look like a top-notch electric guitar featuring a maple neck, solid body, single-coil pickups with 5-way switching, chrome machine heads and a vintage whammy bar - and that's because it is. But it's also an ingenious USB-friendly axe that allows you to transform your computer into an amp, effects rack and recording system without any additional hardware.
Resident rock-star 'The Hoy' gets a little carried away
Going way past eleven in terms of features, this Strat-style guitar comes with idiot-proof software that lets you jam along with your favourite music files. You can even slow tracks down or speed them up for learning and practising - ideal if you're into shredding metal or plodding pop. There's also a multi-track recording/editing function, so you can record your wicked riffing, two-handed tap-offs and sweeping arpeggios (or something like that) on the spot. Sticking your tongue out like him out of Kiss is entirely optional.
Black iAxe USB Guitar
But what does all this hi-tech jiggery pokery do sound-wise? Well, pretty much everything as the included software can recreate countless combo sounds, from tube to transistor, soft to distorted, warm to edgy.
No wall of speakers or mile-long pedal deck required. And if you're worried about the neighbours (how very un-rock 'n' roll) you can listen to your plucking genius via headphones.
Whether you're a wannabe widdler or a lightning-fingered axemeister, the iAxe 393 USB Guitar is guaranteed to blow you away with its playability, sound and functionality. So get ordering before we come over all rock starry and smash the entire shipment to smithereens. For those about to rock, we salute you.
This product can only be delivered to addresses within the EU
PC and Mac compatible
Headphones not included
Internet connection is required to download relevant drivers and updates
Plugs into and uses your computer as a recording studio.
Can also be used with any traditional guitar amplifier.
Top quality electric guitar with 22-fret maple neck, solid body, 3 single coil pickups, 5-way switching and vintage vibrato bridge.
This guitar looks awesome. I want to know how long the strap is. I once bought a guitar with a strap bundled and it was too small. Also, how soon until a vista version comes out, or will it not? Mike, London - 28th July 2009
Firebox says: It's adjustable to 52 inches.
I am a MAC user, is this guitar fully compatible and can I play it with my 'Garageband'programe or am I limited to the amp settings in the software supplied, only one of which is free with the software with others available to purchase thereafter. Also, how long is the USB connection lead? Scotty, Reading - 31st May 2009
Firebox says: The USB connection lead is 1.5m. We don't believe that Garageband is compatible but this will work on a Mac. Native Instruments "Guitar Combos" Software is included with this item though!
Does this guitar only work with pc's and amps??
i have usb ports on my home cinema kit and was wondering if it would work through that? alexandra.dey, Plymouth - 18th February 2009
Firebox says: You may be able to hook this up so you can use the speakers in your home cinema, but for the recording suite you'll need a computer to be able to use the software!
To those that ask, no the guitar will not play without PC, it needs USB to power the guitar, yes you can play it with an amp, it has traditional amp output, no you do not NEED an amp, just connect to computer and use headphones, no it is not vista compatible, we are working on this. Yes it will work the ACID etc. Hope this helps. :-). KARENl, New Zealand - 19th July 2008
Firebox says: Thanks for the input Kareni!
The driver download page on BEHRINGER's website says it is compatable with Vista. Just an update for you as I spent about an hour searching for that answer. David, Seattle - 26th June 2008
Can the iAxe play out of the PC's speakers, or do we have to get an amplifier? Pedro Dores, Lisbon, Portugal - 13th November 2007
Firebox says: Hi Pedro, the iAxe is made to go through a P.C., although it works just as well through an amp