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.

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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.

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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.

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A few examples of projects and what we do

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Tone-sculpting Projects

We explore unique ways to dial in great tone, including new approaches to layering composite sounds


Effects and Processors

We explore new effects and processes from subtle to extreme


Instrument Modifications

Instrument-modding is often a related part of performance and we regularly use performance goals as a starting point for innovation


Analog and Digital Methods

We explore traditional and cutting-edge ways of processing guitar signals


Amplification Projects

All of the amps in our lab go up to eleven


Transducer Research

We explore new ways of voicing instruments through pickups, sensors, and other transducers