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The best of…musical innovations

Peavey AT-200
The first-ever Auto-Tune guitar “plays and sounds like a quality solid body” but has an “uncanny ability to keep everything soundly tuned as you play.” It can even handle alternative tunings.
$500, guitarcenter.com 
Source: Guitar Player 

Parrot Zik Headphones
These Philippe Starck–designed wireless headphones enable you to adjust volume or navigate a playlist intuitively—with light taps and swipes to the ear pads.
$400, amazon.com
Source: Men’s Journal

OP-1 Synthesizer
This portable synthesizer “occupies a middle space” between toy piano and intimidating professional device. It can be a gateway into creating electronic music, and “everything about it” is a model of smart design.
$849, acgears.com 
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Roland Portable V-Drums
Get your gear to the next gig with ease. The TD-4KP —the newest addition to Roland’s “revered” line of electronic drum sets—folds quickly into “a surprisingly small size.” It’s “unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”
$800, musiciansfriend.com
Source: DrumMagazine.com 

PocketStrings Practice Tool
You can’t play music on this clever tool, but it’s great for any guitarist who wants to practice scales or chord fingering while traveling. Also available in a 6-fret model.
$35, pocketstrings.com
Source: Gizmag.com 

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