Is your kid ready to graduate from the maracas and kazoo, but not prepared for a jump to a six-string guitar? What about three-strings? Take a peek at the Loog Guitar soon to be in production, and designed with the goal of encouraging young musicians.
Rafael Atijas, the brainchild of The Loog, began the venture as a concept for his Master's thesis at NYU and then launched his idea as a Kickstarter project to make it a reality.
Made from sustainable wood, and customizable with a variety of shapes and colors to choose from, the guitars are shipped unassembled for parents and kids to build together. I, for one, like the kit aspect, since there's always a stronger sense of attachment and ownership whenever kids are involved in the assembly of something. For instance, my son always eats healthy dishes with tremendous gusto when he's played a role in helping prepare them.
By far the most brilliant design choice is making all the parts interchangeable with all models of The Loog Guitar, not to mention, sold separately. Meaning you can swap out the body for a different style, or the short-scale neck (recommended for ages 6-9) for a longer one (ages 10 and up), or even replace a part that might get damaged without having to buy a whole new instrument.
The first run of Loog Guitars plan to roll out in May and will retail for about $215 each, which might seem a bit steep, but you can snag one for only $150 if you pledge that amount to his Kickstarter project. The project reached its full funding a week ago, but remains open to contributors until April 20th. Check out the website to learn more.