Roadie 2 Tunes Any Guitar in Seconds
Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Why waste precious time tuning a guitar when this gadget can do it for you?Automatic string tuner Roadie 2 uses vibration detection to adjust (almost) any string instrument with a guitar machine head.Connect the handheld device to the tuning peg of a six-, seven-, or 12-string electric, acoustic, classical, or steel guitar. Then strum, and watch in amazement as the dowel automatically spins into place in seconds.Built-in haptic feedback gives the 3.2-ounce mechanism a little shake when it’s ready to move on to the next string.Band Industries, founded by Hassane Slaibi and Bassam Jalgha, earned praise in 2013 with the original $99 Roadie Tuner and accompanying mobile app. Now, the Washington-based startup is back, crowdfunding its second-gen accessory.Dubbed “the ultimate musician’s tool,” Roadie 2 boasts a mini OLED screen and side knob for scrolling through 12 preset alternative and open tunings; the optional application makes it easy to create and store your own.Band IndustriesThe top display (invisible when off, illuminated when in use) highlights how much juice is left in the rechargeable 500mAh battery—good for one month at a time.With 32 days left in its campaign, Band Industries has already surpassed its $50,000 Kickstarter goal, collecting a whopping $218,000-plus from 2,300 backers.Guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo owners can still snag a $129 Roadie 2 for the discounted price of $89. Or get a limited-edition device (serial number one through 100) for $149—including a Roadie T-shirt.Band IndustriesThe more powerful $149 Roadie Bass, meanwhile, is available now for—you guessed it—bass players for a reduced $109. Limited-edition versions (with T-shirt) are also selling for $179.A pair of tuners—one Roadie 2, one Roadie Bass—will cost you $189.All orders are expected to ship this fall, following testing, certification, production, and quality control.