Inflatable Guitar

by Peter Kirn

Guitars may be more portable than, say, a concert harp, but can you fit them under an airplane seat? Sure you can, if you’re lucky enough to own one of the 15 Chrysalis Guitars in the world. The instruments, developed by ex-biologist Tim White starting in the early 80s, actually inflate (as in, you blow them up), allowing their body to collapse into portable form in seconds for storage. (See a recent Nashau Telegraph article on the instrument and its creator.) Think it’ll sound like crap? Think again: have a listen to audio posted during the guitar’s feature appearance at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. (story via DISS

Yes, I know, this isn’t technically a digital instrument, but if you can build a good-sounding acoustic guitar using mylar balloons, just think what other instruments are possible!

  • Guest

    The Boston MFA set up in their store that you could hook up and play.

    Surprisingly, it plays nicely. The demo model was even not beat all to hell like you'd think it would have been after being in a museum gift shop for a couple of months, which seems like a pretty good indicator of sturdiness, too…