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If you’re walking around Maker Faire you may see a woman skating around with a strange looking instrument. That’s maker extraordinaire Jeri Ellsworth with her ┬ábass guitar made out of a Commodore 64. And did I mention she’s playing it while on roller skates? That’s talent!

Blake Maloof

Blake Maloof

I design games for work and for fun. I recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, and am now employed as a designer at Toys for Bob.


25 Responses to Jeri Ellsworth Rocks a Commodore 64 Keytar

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  1. Chris on said:

    What?!? No FastLoad cartridge?

  2. Technically not a keytar, but a sweet looking bass with a c64 body, right?

    On the subject: my friend Jordan made an amazing c64 keytar (that uses sid chips no less): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LZUH0p6cXc

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  4. Kris Lee on said:

    Go back and take decent pictures! You should be ashamed to come up with such low quality images.

    • Kris Lee on said:

      No, it still does piss me off seriously. You even present this blurry picture on the front page. How much lower can one go?

      Seriously Make, how much lower? Well, I know – when you print it.

      I feel so insulted.

  5. Hiram Cook on said:

    It reminds me of the one on the Red Green Show.

  6. It is a keytar. The keyboard can be used to play notes and the F-keys change the wave forms for the keys and strings.

  7. David Holt on said:

    I talked to her for a while. Shes a chip designer. Also you used a FPGA to make that work. Now, thats dedication!

  8. Ah, wow, awesome didn’t realize – so it pitch tracks the bass strings and matches the notes with sid tones?

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  10. Chrome6 on said:

    I think we can all agret that Jeri rocks, keytar not withstanding :)

  11. Chrome6 on said:

    “Agree”, darn I need some coffee…

  12. Jeri rocks because she BUILT SOMETHING. Did a interview with her http://www.flickr.com/photos/45676693@N03/7242566258/in/photostream and will post to youtube later. I got a photo with her which was exciting as she was a featured maker (at that time, Jeri didn’t know she was featured on this site).

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  14. ameyring on said:

    What a major mod of a great old computer! I’m assuming the C64 is fortified somehow inside to prevent warping of the keyboard from the strings? Jeri riding roller skates reminds me not many folks do it and it’s excellent exercise and perfect for riding to the store without a car if you don’t want to chance your bike getting stolen.

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  16. Not being up on fashion. Is the lady in a DIY dress? Looks like one of those classic apron clothing hacks. Sorry if she bought it.

    • Michael Wright on said:

      > Is the lady in a DIY dress?

      People at MakerFaire dress in all sorts of stuff. Jeri’s talents are primarily circuit design, regarding how she dresses, I’d like to see her wear a full skirt dress like what Gina Lollobrigida wore in the movie “Anna of Brooklyn.”

  17. November on said:

    I just found my new desktop photo :)

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