Learning an instrument is one of those things that everybody should do, but becomes harder and harder to do as distractions such as jobs and friends get in the way. Also, you can’t really lug a guitar with you everywhere you go; people tend to become annoyed with you quickly if you do that. On the other hand, you can’t practice without a guitar. This is where Pocketstrings might come in handy; it’s essentially guitar practice in your back pocket.
It looks like a remote control, but tug on the top, and a length of frets, four or six, slides out, complete with real strings. It’s not an actual musical instrument, not least because it’s tiny and you can’t really strum the strings, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a little guitar for you to practice your fretwork on. There’s even a raised “strum pad”, essentially a line of strings molded into the plastic, for you to use.
Obviously there are a few drawbacks, starting with the fact that it only comes in six-string: Sorry, bassists. Also, inevitably the strings are going to break and it appears that you’ll need to bust out the screwdriver to get it back up and running.
Finally, there is the fact that you might be mistaken as playing a small, plastic ukelele in public, which will attract attention from the kind of person who plays the ukelele ironically. In this particular case we recommend the liberal application of mace.
Joking aside, this is actually a good solution for those learning guitar and wanting to practice, but are unable to haul their guitar everywhere they go, or just don’t want to be that douchebag playing “Wonderwall” on the quad in order to impress freshmen. And really, isn’t it worth $25 not to be mistaken for that guy?
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.