The Jamstik lets you practice your guitar skills anytime, anywhere

A decent starter electric guitar will often run you about $500 nowadays.

If you'd rather learn to play before you dump hundreds into a cool instrument, the Jamstik Guitar Trainer is a brilliant way of turning you into a guitar player without the huge upfront expense.

In addition to saving you money, the Jamstik has some major advantages over that basic guitar, especially for a newcomer.

At just 18 inches long, the Jamstik is a lot more portable than the real thing — and the newest version of this guitar learning system makes some big steps forward as well. This 2020 edition features an updated tactile D-pad, a matte finish, and spring-loaded strings that offer the even more realistic feel of a true guitar in your hands. 

When you get your Jamstik synced up to your iOS or Android device, the Jamstik app automatically filters all your sound through your phone or tablet. So with a pair of headphones attached, you can learn to play without disturbing anybody, even if they're sitting right next to you.

Once you start down the Jamstik training path, you'll see another big advantage over the instrument alone: this package is like you purchased your own expert guitar instructor to go along with it.

The AI-generated lessons get newbies playing chords within minutes. As you unlock new content by successfully completing each lesson, the interactive scrolling tabs will have you playing full songs quickly — and, just like a video game, setting high scores for yourself.

There's even an at-a-glance progress report, so you'll always know how well you're doing, including helpful statistics like your weakest chords, your total notes played and even whether you're practicing enough.

And unlike a regular guitar, the Jamstik is also compatible with over music learning and music creation software, which means even experienced players can get a lot out of this ultra-portable guitar package.

The Jamstik and all its training components are usually less than half the price of a new electric guitar, but with the $30 off sale right now, you can get the whole thing for just $199.

Prices are subject to change.

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