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2019

Adaptive Guitar

Enabling Engineering

The Need:

The client has limited use of the left side of his body, but wishes to play the acoustic guitar. We have been tasked with creating an apparatus that allows the one-handed usage of an acoustic guitar. The design would be able to press chords and allow the client to strum at the same time with his right hand.

The Solution:

Rather than creating an apparatus that strums and holds down the chords, our new approach involves making an apparatus that has a foot pedal, so the client is free to hold the chords down with his hands. The new structure includes making an attachment (photo included above) that hold the pick and can move up and down the guitar. It will be attached to a motor controlled by a foot pedal. Although this will not allow for individual strings to be plucked, it allows for chords to be played easily. In the future, we hope to explore ways for both individual strings and chords to be played simultaneously.

Additional Information/Press

https://news.northeastern.edu/2019/04/24/northeastern-students-design-and-build-devices-to-help-improve-the-lives-of-individuals-with-disabilities/