The fellas over at ACPAD.com have painstakingly researched, developed, and manufactured a masterpiece. The ACPAD is a wireless MIDI controller for acoustic guitar. I suppose you could slap it on an electric too, but it do what it do.
The ACPAD is slick. Do you want to play back up chords while you rip out lead melodies? Choose any flavor of an orchestra, or throw in a mixture such as a synthesizer and a set of drums. The possibilities are truly endless with sound banks and can open a whole new realm of awesomeness (and another decade of practice). Check out this guy make some dubstep style hybrid song with this bad boy.
Imagine being the only guy in your city with one of these and using it to rock out at a bar, a club, or even using softer strings and piano sounds to accompany you during your classy solo restaurant gigs. If you sing along, that's game over. You could command $500 - $1000 a night, 7 nights a week I bet, and still come away with several hundred in tips.
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That's the shizz. Now it's time to break your heart. I know you had your wallet out and ready to press "go," however it's not even available yet. They are real close to launching a Kickstarter campaign though, so head over to their site and join their newsletter so you know what's what. In the meantime, pick up the best acoustic guitar you can to prepare for adding a new element to your game.
2018 Update: It's released! In addition to the refined and enhanced pad, they now have the ACPAD Replay software available for Mac OS / iOS and coming soon for Windows. Looks like the color options have changed to blue and yellow, which refers to the wiring colors. The circuit board itself is black in both options.
Be the first among your friends to have it. Don't even tell them about it. Just get it, practice for a month, and then show up with it one day and blow their minds. That's how I like to sushi roll.