Ever seen a Gibson Les Paul with a MIDI Keyboard fitted into the body?
Music technology mad scientist LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER has demonstrated off his DIY handiwork.
If you’re squeamish about DIY aftermarket modifications to guitars, you might want to look away now. YouTuber LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER has revealed his second-ever DIY project – a Gibson Les Paul with some extra routing in the back of the body, making room for an Arduino-powered MIDI keyboard, complete with LED lights.
In the video above, you can see him demonstrate how the Frankenstein guitar/keyboard combo plays, connected to his modular setup. While it may sound impressive, he notes that it’s as hard to play as you might imagine: “these keys are really small, and they’re in quite an awkward position… but, I didn’t have a clue. I was just going off on one, trying to build something funky.”
He also addressed the understandable concern over drilling holes, routing and gutting quite a high-end guitar: “some of you might be saying, ‘why the heck have you done that to a Gibson Les Paul, why didn’t you do it to a cheaper guitar?’ Well, the thing is, why would you do it to a cheaper guitar? If you’re gonna be using it, you may as well do it to the guitar you like playing.”
LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER is no stranger to ambitious and out-there bits of DIY gear. He’s probably best known for his Furby Organ project, something that came together over several years. The 44 imprisoned Furbies were circuit-bent, and connected to a central keyboard and the resulting sound… well, see and hear the monstrosity for yourself:
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