IPS-Designed “The Gig” Portable Guitar Workshop Hits the Road: Showcased at National Academy of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show

An all-new portable guitar stringer and maintenance device, the Gig Portable Guitar Workshop, designed by IPS, will be showcased at the National Academy of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim next week (Jan. 24-27).

With Joseph Toro leading the industrial design and product development efforts for IPS, the Gig makes it easy to maintain and repair guitars while on the road.  It is the first portable Personal Guitar Workshop that straps to a guitar case, to firmly hold a guitar for easy maintenance. The non-reactive rubber touch points gently grip the guitar, and the adjustable tower clamp makes it possible to hold the guitar on its front or side.

Personal Guitar Workshop

The Gig solves the problem of not having a proper place to string and maintain any stringed instrument (acoustic or electric guitar, ukulele, etc.).  When not in use, the Gig can be packed away neatly and conveniently.  As an alternative to strapping to a guitar case, the non-slip feet allow the Gig to be used on a flat or event surface, such as a table.

 “We selected the engineering team at IPS to help design the Gig because of their high levels of expertise, and that resulted in construction, aesthetics and soundness that hit all the right notes,” said Rhonda Sommerfield, president of David Sommerfield, LLC.

According to Joe Toro, “Working together with Rhonda and the Sommerfield team to design the Gig we solved the challenge of designing a robust clamp and supports to grasp the instrument gently but firmly without marring the finish or wood. It is incredibly rewarding to have created a useful and portable device that can be used by guitar players around the world to make the process of maintaining and stringing a guitar much easier.”

The Gig will also be manufactured by the IPS/Forward team.

The 119th edition of the NAMM Show will take place Thursday through next Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Last year's NAMM Show drew a record 115,000-plus attendees to the members-only confab. (Photo by Jesse Grant / Getty Images for NAMM)
The 119th edition of the NAMM Show will take place Thursday through next Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Last year’s NAMM Show drew a record 115,000-plus attendees to the members-only confab. (Photo by Jesse Grant / Getty Images)

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