About the lab
The Electric Guitar Innovation Lab (EGIL) explores opportunities for research, innovation, and education related to the electric guitar and the various components associated with the electric guitar including instrument design and modification, amplifiers, pickups, effects processors, and more. The lab is part of the research of V.J. Manzo, Associate Professor of Music at WPI and Principal Investigator (PI). The efforts of the EGIL, therein, include collaborations with faculty, research affiliates, and other key personnel as well as external professional musicians and innovators from industry.
Who We Are
Through the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab, WPI students and faculty work together in a variety of interdisciplinary and open-ended projects to develop new innovations related to the electric guitar, including the modification to instruments and components, stompboxes and other effects processors, amplifiers and speaker components, and related inventions and adaptations.
What We Do
The projects we explore typically originate from real-world issues and obstacles guitarists face on stage and in the studio. We address these problems and often partner with key individuals from industry to create new areas of innovation. These sponsors include luthiers, engineers, manufacturers, and more.
We are always looking to collaborate with new potential sponsors. The Electric Guitar Innovation Lab works with individual artists, non-profits, and companies to explore areas of interest and develop new approaches and innovations. These also projects present opportunities for students to gain real-world experience and under advisement of the lab PI.