The Loog is a retrotastic three-string guitar with its own app

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This is the Loog Pro, a three-string guitar suitable for kids,
and also for awesome adults. The Pro, along with the new Loog
Mini, are the sequels to existing Loogs, and bring a whole
bunch of neat upgrades. Why are we writing about it here on
Cult of Mac? Because it also comes with a free app to help you
learn to play.

Who wants a three-string guitar?


The Loog
has just three strings, half the number of a regular guitar,
and one fewer than the guitar’s devil’s-spawn sibling, the
ukulele. This makes it a lot simpler as a beginner instrument,
and particularly suitable for kids. But a three-string guitar
can also be a whole lot of fun for an advanced guitar player.
They can experiment with odd tunings (tuning the strings to
non-standard pitches), or use the thing to play slide guitar.

New Features for the Loog Pro and Mini


All the Loogs look badass. They’re
shaped like someone took a kids drawing and fed it into a CNC
machine. Their style is a throwback to the amazing Danelectros
and mail-order-catalog guitars of the 1950s and 1960s, with
hot-rodded car colors and chrome hardware. The new electric Pro
adds a new metal bridge, with adjustable saddles for better
intonation on each string; an all-maple neck (the old ones used
rosewood for the fretboard, which is now classed as endangered
and subject to strict import controls); plus a new pickup
design (the pickup translates the strings’ vibrations into
electricity) and some other cosmetic changes.

The Loog Guitar Mini

The mini is just about tthe cutest guitar ever made.The mini is just about tthe cutest guitar
ever made.
Photo: Loog

The
Mini is an acoustic guitar, and is around the same size as a
ukulele. However, because it uses nylon classical guitar
strings , and is tuned to the pitch of a standard guitar, it
doesn’t produce a sound that sets your teeth on edge and makes
you want to snatch the instrument and smash it over the
player’s own head.

Loog Academy app


The Loog
Academy is the companion app for the guitars. It’s a
one-stop-spot for most of what a beginner will need. There’s a
tuner which tells you whether to “tighten” or “loosen” the
strings, a drummer to play along to, or to use as a metronome.
There’s also a section that teaches you the chords you can play
on three strings (there are plenty). The app also includes a
whole course on learning to play, using tutorial videos, along
with a songbook. And these aren’t your regular lame,
out-of-copyright campfire classics either. Included are songs
by Pharell, Taylor Swift, and The Rolling Stones, as well as
videos to play along to.


In short,
Loog’s guitars and apps do their best to remove anything that
may stop you playing. It’s about as encouraging as you could
imagine.

The new Loogs are
on Kickstarter
right now, and are already well over their
funding goal (currently almost $240,000, with a goal of just
$30,000). You can also buy the previous
generation at a discount
right away.