Transform your PC into a musical instrument with Electric Guitar! for Windows 8

Have you ever wanted to play a virtual guitar on your Windows 8 tablet? You can with Electric Guitar! by Onbeat Limited. The same solution is already available on competing platforms, including Android and iOS. Now Windows users will be able to rock the night hard with some epic sounds. Nod your head with speed as we traverse past the break and see what all the fuss is about.

The neat feature about Electric Guitar! is how it performs as though you're wielding a physical instrument in your hands. Being able to strum just like a real guitar, as well as having the set of chords available on-screen, opens up numerous possibilities. The default setup is on Chorus when the app is fired, but Harmonics and Distortion effects are available to really get creative.

Electric Guitar

The idea and concept is simple, but the end result can be pretty impressive, especially if you know what you're doing. It's also a bonus that we're starting to see Onbeat Ltd release their apps on Windows platforms.

You can download (opens in new tab) Electric Guitar! from the Windows Store for $1.99 - reasonable fee for annoying the neighbours in the early morning hours.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

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  • Hello wpcentral, I am a blackberry guy mainly,  but have always had good luck with windows. If, heaven forbid, BB has insurmountable issues, I am looking keenly at the wp platform. Great to see music apps!! But as a guitarist of 26 yrs, no tablet is replacing my axe!! :) But there is no doubt tons of fun can be had this app!! So many cool possibilities with this!! 
  • Go Windows Phone 8, Windows RT/Pro etc..
  • Nice to have you pass through for a visit. :-). If BB doesn't work out we'd be glad to have you.
  • thanks kindly!!
  • This is for Windows 8 & RT...not windows phone if I'm not mistaken.
  • Nothing can replace our axes bro they are an extension of ones self
  • amen!!
  • That's true
  • Sad to say but BB is fatally wounded. Now that Heins has his $13 "Thank you for the great job you did" its going to wither, shrunk and transform into a pitiful mess. The longer you stay with it, the longer you will suffer. Get a Lumia and start fresh. You won't regret it.
  • Gotta say the more I check out the Lumias, the more I like them. Times like these I think it's wise to consider other possibilities. Just in case...
  • To be fair, while this is a nice app it isn't the first to offer a virtual guitar on Win8.
  • you are correct no doubt, i am sure there are plenty of cool ones!
  • Garage Band
  • Sweeeeeeeeet!
  • Erm. From the title, I thought this app was going to be along the lines of Garage Band on iOS. Guess not.  
  • Is there a left handed mode for the string setup? Can you bend strings. Drop tuned? Tremelo? If not then I'll just wait till I get back to my collection of guitars and Marshall stack at my home studio.
  • A virtual piano is the only instrument I've found somewhat usable on a touch screen. All these other virtual instruments are mostly gimmicks and nothing like their real-life versions.
  • Just look at those pickups. WTH? If you could customize your axe with maybe some EMG active 81\85, and choose your wood and setup. And I don't know how you would do a run on that thing.
  • WPC: you guys should check out Beatphonic if you haven't yet.