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jeritar 2 Details of C64 Bass Guitar Hack

The always inspired Jeri Ellsworth outdid herself at this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area. Jeri is known for the phrase “Did you bring a hack?” and she lives by such sentiment — Jeri always brings a hack. This year, at Maker Faire, it was a Commodore 64 Bass “keytar” that makes use of the original SID 6581 sound chip. In this video Jeri gives a rundown of how she built it and the circuit designs used.

I love that she’s sporting the “As Seen in MAKE” badge I gave her at the Faire. I guess now that she’s seen in MAKE again she gets another one.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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