Introduced in 1963 and discontinued only two years
later, the Guitaret was an invention of Ernst
Zacharias, the mind behind other Hohner instruments
like the Clavinet, Cembalet and Pianet.
Marketed as an
easy-to-play instrument to mimic guitar or banjo,
the actual sound sits somewhere between an electric
kalimba and electric piano.
The Guitaret is
held like a guitar, with the player holding the
“neck” or handle to engage the sustain/dampening
mechanism. The other hand is used to pluck the 36
metal keys, which barely protrude out of the
instrument’s body. The vibration of the plucked keys
is then captured by a series of internal pick-ups.
In recent years, the Guitaret has been used on a
number of new recordings, perhaps most notably on
the soundtrack for The Assassination of Jesse James
by the Coward Robert Ford by Nick Cave and Warren
For Solo Guitaret, the instrument has been sampled
at five different velocity layers, with three groups
of round robin. A custom interface allows for
control over a variety of sound sculpting tools, as
well as access to load and save custom presets
within a single patch.
- Over 120 MB (uncompressed) of 44.1/24bit
samples. Download is approximately 76 MB.
- User interface provides a pull down menu of
custom patches. The ability to save user presets
directly into the main patch is also provided
- User interface controls include: convolution
reverb (with 34 custom IR .wavs), saturation,
amp modeling, tremolo, pan, chorus, ADSR and
three band EQ.
- Solo Guitaret is compatible with full retail
versions of Kontakt 126.96.36.19914 and higher.
The sample library
is a free download (valid email address required).