Gizmotron 2.0 Overview & Demo

At the 2016 Summer NAMM Show, we talked with Gizmotron about their Gizmotron 2.0 – an electro-mechanical bowing device that attaches to electric guitar or bass, enabling players to produce string sounds such as cello, viola or violin.

The Gizmotron 2.0 debuted at a previous NAMM Show, but it is now available for both guitar and bass.

We talked with Gizmotron’s Aaron Kipness and Martin Beck, who demo’d the new device and gave an overview of it. 


The Gizmotron 2.0 is a modern version of the original Gizmotron, invented in the mid-1970’s by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley of 10cc.


  • Metal Chrome-Plated or Black ABS Finish
  • No instrument modifications, special pickups, midi interface, or mobile app required. Entirely outside of signal chain.
  • Fits most electric guitar and basses, including some 5 string basses (Bass unit includes 5 keys).
  • 100% mechanically produced, organic, harmonically rich tone.
  • Speed Control – Vary the volume, tone and attack of the Gizmotron 2.0 using its speed control knob
  • Universal Quick Release Mounting System – Quickly release and lock the Gizmotron 2.0 to your instrument using three low-profile mounting pads.
  • USB Powered –  A 9.8ft (3m) USB cable and international AC Adapter is included with every unit.
  • Durable, Robust & User-Serviceable – Manufactured from High-Impact ABS, the Gizmotron 2.0 contains a high-quality DC motor, precision swiss-machined driveshaft, and long-life quiet ball bearings.
  • Toolkit Included – An assortment of drivers necessary for mounting  and service are included with every unit.
  • Includes one mounting pad set, (12) tape strips and (12) extra spring arms.
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
  • UL Listed and CE Compliant

Pricing and Availability

The Gizmotron 2.0 is available now, with a street price of about US $375. See the Gizmotron site for more info.

3 thoughts on “Gizmotron 2.0 Overview & Demo

  1. The Gizmotron has been sort of a mythical beast for 40 years, and from what I’ve heard, the original had some serous design problems.

    Glad to see it finally get a proper implementation.

  2. Love to have one. Pretty fantastic. May be able to handle the price at some point when finances get better. I am more interested in that bass he’s got 😉

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