Created by Jim Bartz, the StringStation
has a total of 40 strings, with 7 independent outputs that are all
processed separately into an automated mixer in a side rack with
Eventide and Lexicon FX. All sounds created are live strings.
The Chapman Stick at the bottom is the bass element.
The three middle
necks consist of three 8-string steel guitars with custom bridges--they
aren't played with a slide, but fingerpicked in varied ways to get
unique tones, tuned to some of Jim's favorite chords. And finally
there is a custom 6-string with built in E-bow that is processed
by a Roland VG-8 as well as fed direct. It's quite the sound maker
and makes a very beautiful and cosmic sound. Designed to be a Surround
Sound instrument, the true implementation of that idea awaits the
patent pending next generation StringStation, which will also include
many more features and innovations that will make the instrument
more flexible, including midi parameter control and triggers.