"Circuit Bent" Toy Guitars, My New Geek Fetish

Circuit bending is by no means a new idea. Through the clever short-circuiting of normal electronics, modders have been inventing some pretty incredible sound effects for years (the Speak & Spell is a notable example). But with the rise of Guitar Hero, or more appropriately, Guitar Hero knock-off toys, circuit bending may be experiencing a Renaissance. Preloaded with both music to manipulate and speakers to celebrate the distortion, cheap toy guitars are the canvas. Rocking out with miniature, pink plastic guitars is the art.

Here are some of our favorite examples of circuit-bent toy guitars.