I have this project in mind, but not sure if it’s feasible.
It’s an electric guitar with onboard displays that will simulate automotive gauges or airplane avionics (MP4 videos). The fretboard dots will be addressable LEDs.
I have in mind: Two thin circular 3.5 inches displays and a square/rectangular one controlled by an onboard keypad.
All this probably controlled by a combination of Arduino and Raspberry.
At the push of a button, the screens will display videos of “working” automotive gauges (the rpm and speed will move randomly). Another push of button and the guitar will transform in airplane or spaceship mode (will simulate working avionics and radar). Other modes can be added later.
The airplane artificial horizon gauge could use the feed of a sensor to actually follow the guitar movements.
In one of the modes, the LED’s on the neck will become a view meter. The view meter will take it’s signal from one of the guitar pickup. Other modes for the LED’s will be available.
I have also in mind to dismantle a guitar wireless transmitter (I already use those on my guitars) and put it onboard. The regular guitar cable could then be used to power the system (without an additional cable). Or maybe power all the systems with batteries (That should last at least 3 hours).
A pen style laser could be fitted to the end and behind the neck (by the guitar tuner) and controlled by the keypad.
I will be using a DIY guitar kit that I will modify to fit all the electronics.
Although I want this guitar to be playable, it will be most of the time on display on one of my studio wall. So one of the modes will alternate between the differents modes at set determined times. One of the screen could show the time in one of the modes.
Batteries here won’t be an option so the guitar cable will be used to power the system.
I only have one arduino project under my belt (an electric guitar lamp) so I’m a newbie in the micro controller world. I’m versed in making MP4 animations for the gauges. I will need help for this project.
I have the strangest ideas since some stuff have become legal here in Canada…
See photo montage below for an idea of what I have in mind…