At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul Vo was previewing the Vo Wand – a tool for playing guitars in new ways.
Vo is the inventor behind the Moog Guitar and the Vo-96 Acoustic Guitar Synthesizer. With both instruments, Vo explored his concept of acoustic synthesis – controlling individual harmonics within a string’s vibration to synthesize new types of acoustic sounds.
The Vo Wand
With the Vo Wand, Vo is taking the technology he developed for the Vo Guitar and making it inexpensive and portable. The Wand lets you precisely stimulate and control the vibrations within a string. By adjusting the position of the Wand, you can control which overtones of the string’s fundamental frequency are emphasized.
Vo also mentioned that the Wand wasn’t really guitar-specific. He said it could be used with other string instruments or even to vibrate other types of objects.
The Vo Wand that he was demonstrating at the Show was a prototype. He plans some further functional and design refinements before moving it into production. He expects that it will be priced around $200.
If you’re interested in the Vo Wand, there’s a contact form at his site for getting further information.