Legends such as Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page used it on hit albums, but such lofty nods didn't help the original 1970s version of the Gizmotron become a "must have" device for guitarists.
The idea — concocted by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme of 10cc — was pretty brilliant. But, at the time, the manufacturing challenges of producing a reliable and gig-tough mechanical bowing device were simply too difficult to overcome, and a fantastic creative concept was lost to time.
Happily, another crazy tinkerer, Aaron Kipness, did not want to let the Gizmotron die, and after years of refinements, his company's Gizmotron 2.0 brings guitarists (and bassists) all of the delights of this mad device without the original's frustrations and unpredictability.
Please watch the video to learn a bit more, as well as hear examples of what the Gizmotron 2.0 can do.
See a September 1977 Report on the original Gizmotron featuring creators Kevin Godley and Lol Creme