Real electric guitar also controls Guitar Hero

The Headliner: bridging the gap between controller and instrument.
The Headliner: bridging the gap between controller and instrument.

If you're a fan of guitar video games but feel a little silly wielding a plastic axe, Zivix's forthcoming Headliner could give you the extra sense of authenticity you've been looking for.

Billed as a 'real digital guitar', this can be played as a standard electric guitar and also used as a controller for both Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

The Headliner pulls this trick by incorporating what Zivix calls 'state-of-the-art' sensors. That's about as much detail as you'll get from the company website at the moment, which states that more information will be coming soon.

"Beyond the game"

Fortunately, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune managed to speak to Zivix's president and founder Dan Sullivan, who explained that: "There is a certain group that aspires to go beyond the game. They had a taste of what it's like to be a real guitar player because that's the illusion. Why not take the next step and be able to play?"

This seems like a pretty logical standpoint from which to launch the Headliner, but the question is whether it could end up falling between a couple of stools?

At a projected price of $250, it might prove to be a little too expensive for Guitar Hero/Rock Band fans, and real guitar players may prefer to buy their hardware from a better-known manufacturer.

Zivix seems to believe that there is a market for a crossover instrument, though - time will tell if the public agrees.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.