Kickstarter Non-Starters: Three Guitar Inventions That Didn't Get Their Kick


Kickstarter has been a great way for creatives to find the funding necessary to get their projects and companies off the ground.

But for every successfully funded idea there are dozens that didn’t reach their goal. Sometimes an idea fails for inexplicable reasons. Other times, the reason is all too obvious.

Here are three Kickstarter campaigns that didn’t make their goal. You make the call.

Picker—Guitar Pick Guardian

How often have you found yourself rummaging around in your pocket for a pick? Happens all the time. Would you rather keep your picks in a leather wrist band so that you always know where they are?

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That’s the $6,000 question posed by Viktor Stakhov, inventor of Picker, the Guitar Pick Guardian. The answer? Stakhov raised $889 toward his goal.

Amp Clamp

Von Saint Design, creators of the Amp Clamp, bill it as “The only guitar stand that takes up virtually no floor space.”

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The Amp Clamp achieves this feat by attaching to your amp like an oversize vise. Unlike traditional floor stands, the Amp Clamp can’t be knocked over. It’s adjustable to fit any standard-size combo or cabinet, and it folds down for portability. It’s even endorsed by a real working musician: Bobby Cochran, who’s performed with Steppenwolf, Flying Burrito Brothers and Leon Russell.

Seemed like a stand-up idea to us, but it achieved just $501 toward its $50,000 goal. You can visit Von Saint Design’s web page for more information and view the Amp Clamp’s Kickstarter page.

Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

Don Bacon is a self-professed wanna-be guitarist who had trouble adjusting to the string spacing on a standard guitar and found playing painful to his fingertips. After discovering other guitar novices had similar complaints, he came up with the Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard, a device that’s presumably easier to use than it is to say.

Don’s idea is essentially a keyboard approach to the fretboard. The device straps onto the neck and provides a soft color-coded keyboard that supposedly makes fretting easier.

In making his pitch to the KickStarter community, Don noted the potential risk of investing in his idea. He wrote, “The final unanswered question is, ‘Am I correct in assuming that a significant number of other folks will see the keyboard as an appealing solution to learning guitar?’

“If I’m right, happy days! If I’m wrong, I’ll make enough keyboards to thank my Kickstarter supporters and then wander on down to the Nice Try Saloon.”

Don raised $4,326 toward his $15,000 goal. We like to imagine the Nice Try Saloon gave him a drink on the house.