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Become a Real-Life Guitar Hero With the Tabber LED Guitar Sleeve

Become a Real-Life Guitar Hero With the Tabber LED Guitar Sleeve

by Charles PowersMarch 23, 2012

Imitation may be the best form of flattery, but there’s certainly nothing flattering about imitating Guitar Hero (or Rockband) moves on an actual guitar. We’re no strangers to Kickstarter here at TGF so I present to you my Kickstarter find of the day.

Tabber LED Guitar Light Sleeve

This thing looks wicked cool, and intriguingly useful.

Tabber is an open-source LED guitar teacher. Tabber creates a whole new field of visual learning for your guitar. We put the notes that you need to play, when you need to play them right on the neck of the guitar. Our LED light sleeve can be placed on or off the guitar at any time. The light system does not affect the sound of the guitar in any way, and it’s tactual feel is barely noticeable, especially for beginners. The kit contains 13 light strips (12 frets plus open notes) which are all connected to an Arduino Uno processor. Power is supplied through a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The kit will utilize Bluetooth technology to control all of the lights from your mobile device. You will have an application that you can download to select through songs, chords, scales, light patterns, and lessons, and that’s just the start.

The three guys behind the project, Rob Sanchez, Ryan Rogowski, and Kipp Bradford, intend to raise money to create 2 design prototypes: Tabber 1.5 and Tabber 2. Don’t be mistaken though, the current device is “fully functional”, while admittedly in need of some design reconsiderations.

Check out the video of Tabber at play:

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For more on the project you can head over to the Kickstarter page or follow @myTabber.

About The Author
Charles Powers
Charles Powers
Charles is the Founder of The Game Fanatics and nonprofit, United We Game. A Full-Time Creative Director and Graphic Designer, he loves video games with a fanatical passion and uses TGF as his outlet for all things geek culture.
  • theunderworldlord

    This shit rocks!

  • Louisa Ellman

    Given, that the undertaking I want to help gets through, do I get the funds back again sometime, like an expense with out interest, or am I giving it absent and only get the reward as compensation?

  • Cecilia Osburn

    I’ve got 20 days still left on my project, and appear to be likely nowhere. Any ideas?

  • Joanne Mefford

    I asked the identical query but it was for a yz80g model n the man who answered it aided me alot-thank you! n know that kickstarter performs great. but for the h model its not the exact same n i cant determine it out so can you support me out? once once more its for mech. class thnxs

  • Cecilia Osburn

    I’ve read the terms of use on and I’m a tiny confused. says that it is functioning to span to nations outside the house the United States, but then it is information lines read I have to be an American Citizen with a social protection range in purchase to place my venture on there. I’m confused. I Am not an American, so I’m asking yourself can I place my task on Kickstarter or do I have to move to the land of the free?

  • Elyn Patchman

    I’ve study the terms of use on and I Am a small confused. states that it is doing work to span to international locations outside the house the United States, but then it is manual lines examine I have to be an American Citizen with a social safety range in buy to location my undertaking on there. I’m confused. I Am not an American, so I’m questioning can I area my task on Kickstarter or do I have to shift to the land of the free?

  • musicistabest

    I will be getting a key made for the ignition, but was wondering it will start using the kickstarter only, and what would be the procedures?

  • Erfan

    I want to learn to play the electric guitar, but I am not sure which one is good. I am looking for a good guitar for beginners that is $200 or less. I don’t want the walmart brand or anything like that. I’m thinking about the Squier Bullet that is $120, is that a good guitar?
    Well, I want to play rock so I want a guitar that is good for that.
    Is Dean Vendetta any good?

  • xiM Clutch

    I have guitar hero 2 and rock band, is it possible to play guitar hero 2 using both the guitar provided by guitar hero and the one provided by rock band?
    If so, how?

  • encyclopath

    does the user has to repay the money raised using the website or not?ALSO please tell that if we utilise the money raised using that website, how will the creators and developers come to know that we have misused the funds? Is it the best method to raise the money for start ups(very very early stage)?


    I’m not sure but I don’t think that UK residents can use the service, does anyone know of anything like it for the likes of me?

  • Sonny

    I’ve bought a guitar Falcon: FG100 Dreadnought Guitar (Red),sound of this guitar is different then the others and yes I’ve already tune it with digital tuner.And what do you think is it a good guitar for beginner?

  • Mark M

    ok so yesterday i got a Epiphone special II les paul from guitar center and it came with an amp and i have been playing it a bit this morning ive been trying 3 chords ( E, A, D) and they all sound the same when i strum. can some one please help me!!!!
    no, im not tone deaf, trust me i play loads of other instruments perfectly fine. and in the video thing it came with, it shows u show to fret (partially) and strum (some what). and when the demonstrator plays it i can hear the difference clearly.

    also i just tuned it to near perfection and i dont believe im playing it wrong but i prob. am

  • slipknot0129

    I’m interested in learning how to play the guitar, I want to know the basic requirements (if there are any) and what kind and size of guitar is appropriate for beginners. Any additional information is greatly appreciated.

  • thinkthought

    i have this moped there is something wrong with the kick starter there is no battery to the moped. and i don’t know what type of moped it is. I think i kicked the kick starter too hard and it jammed. It does move but not like normal its much harder to kick start it and the moped wont turn on please i need help i miss riding my moped

  • Chester

    do u play the guitar? or if ur a girl do u like guys who can play? or if ur a guy do u like gurls who can play guitar?