The Aum guitar is a new kind of instrument. Themed on an electric guitar but played in a different manner with a completely different timbre.
The Aum guitar sound has been likened to an Armenian duduk. The instrument is held vertically propped up on the thigh of the player. It has six strings, four melody strings and two drone strings. Rather than being plucked, the instrument is played using an E-bow – an electro-magnetic device that provides the sustain for the guitar.
Sensors, buried under the fretboard pick up the resultant tone over a wide playing range. This innovation allows the player to move in and out of harmonic modes extending the effective range of each string. There are no frets, only markers to help the player locate their notes. This freedom from frets is a large part of what makes the instrument so expressive.