Imagine if you could get all of the hundreds of sounds guitars can really make out of one guitar.

sick fuckin guitar College Park-based Coil LLC has developed six patent-pending electronics to make that – and more – possible. Invented by electrical and computer engineering professor Bruce Jacob and students in his courses, the electronics, and a suite of four gorgeous guitars also designed by Jacob, will be demonstrated for the first time at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

The guitars include technologies that enable musicians to wildly configure the sounds their instruments make, level volume among different sounds, actually change the sound of the guitar using cool new tone knobs, and boost sound to preserve its quality as it leaves the instrument. Coil LLC, founded by Jacob and his students, is officially selling its revolutionary electronics and guitars this week online at


Bruce Jacob, Keystone Professor and director of the university’s computer engineering program, explains in public for the first time the electronics he invented while student guitarist John Brisentine shows how they sound in a “live jam” session. Other students involved in developing the electronics will also be on hand.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1316 A.V. Williams Building, University of Maryland, College Park