Someone I have to thank for starting me out using computers is actually my brother who bought a Commodore 64 back when they were brand new. I used to sneak into his room and code some simple basic when he wasn’t home. I had my very own cassette that I saved my “work” on. Usually it was some rather epic (or so I thought) text adventure where I also tried to create some ASCII art. Anyone who started out on the Commodore 64 knows about the retro way of making simple things happen. It wasn’t exactly the fastest of programming languages, but it did the job, and it was one of the most popular ways to start out programming, at least back then.
Believe me when I say that when I saw this build I almost shouted, “Blasphemy!,” and rather loudly I might add. To take a retro computer like that and convert it into a guitar has to be one of the most badass mods I have ever seen. It breaks my heart, yes, but at the same time I think it makes for a beast of a guitar, or key-tar rather. If anything, it totally has that 8-bit oomph to it that pretty much every player is after when he or she rocks out on stage.
This Commodore 64 Key-tar badboy, created by Jeri Ellsworth over at Valve, would definitely make a good addition to any geek band out there. You know the ones that play the SID-chip music? This is like that, only it’s just a little bit updated. You gotta love that kind of music. But if there was a way I could reverse the building of that key-tar, I would totally try and grab that Commodore 64 and run for it. I mean, the things you can do with those these days. You can probably mod it to infinity, which this totally is proof of. However, it’s the original which makes it all so retro, so it breaks my heart to see that thing attached to a bass. Everything has a recycle value, I just didn’t want it to be as destructive as this one. Well, it still has a good use, so I have to agree with the awesomeness of this thing.