Yamaha Guitars GigMaker

New Gear/New Toys Review: Yamaha Guitars GigMaker

Musopia's FourChords app will be included in both the Electric and Standard (acoustic) versions of Yamaha GigMaker. The GigMaker kit provides the beginning guitarist with all the gear they need to make music including: a Yamaha acoustic or electric guitar (a 20-watt amp comes included in the GigMaker Electric), gig bag, strap, strings, picks, digital tuner, DVD guitar lessons, and a 30-day free trial of Musopia's FourChords app.

Running on your phone, computer or iOS/Android device, the FourChords app features exclusive "smart listening" technology that provides personalized feedback to a user's development, telling them which chords they are playing perfectly and which chords they need to work on. The FourChords app along with GigMaker gets music students started using the gear and playing songs immediately whether it's Adele, Bruno Mars, the Beatles, or hundreds of other recording artists. FourChords is the only mobile app with over 1,700 fully licensed hit and classic songs arranged specifically for the beginning guitarist. It contains multiple chord and fingering options and is optimized for all skill levels from first-time to advanced players.

FourChords is available in GigMaker EG, GigMaker Standard and GigMaker Deluxe. This will start shipping in late March to early April. Yamaha Guitars GigMaker Electric version sells for $419.99 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com