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Vulpestruments just announced the completion of the Droneitar, a two-stringed instrument that has drone strings powered being continuously plucked by a string attached to an electric motor. In fact, the coils from another electric motor are used as a pickup for the device. Rich Stephenson demonstrates the sonic possibilities of the Droneitar in the video.


The Droneitar is made entirely from repurposed materials, from the wood that makes up the body, to nails being used as frets. Despite this, the instrument has a great, vintage look, and the sound speaks for itself.

Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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  1. “Despite” being made from re-purposed materials it looks vintage? I would expect something made from re-purposed materials to have a great vintage look!

    • Well sometimes when you’re working with re-purposed materials it can have a sort of funky, pieced-together look. In this example all the pieces look like they were meant to combine into a beautiful outcome – sometimes a difficult thing to do.

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