Gear Review: Lag HyVibe Smart Acoustic Guitar


There have certainly been some interesting and innovative guitar advancements since the development of the first Spanish guitar, but none have embraced today’s cutting-edge technology as much as the HyVibe Acoustic system.

The company is currently partnering with Lag Guitars to introduce the new integrated electronic system. The guitar we received for review is the THV10DCE. The myriad of features can be accessed via the control panel on top of the guitar or via your smartphone with the HyVibe app connected via Bluetooth. The digital readout on the acoustic guitar lets you cycle through the different features, then press the middle button to activate them.

The HyVibe Lag has built-in effects including reverb, boost, chorus, distortion, tremolo, 12-string, octave and pitch-shifter and they all emanate from the soundhole of the guitar body. There’s also a looper for recording your own guitar or drum loops, a metronome, tuner and MIDI controller. One of my favorite features besides the metronome is the Bluetooth speaker. You can play songs you’re working on or jam tracks through the guitar’s soundhole as you play.

The HyVibe mobile app has banks of effects and EQs that you can customize to your personal taste. The BPM metronome can also be controlled via the app, as can the looper and the number of bars you want to record. The internal battery is USB rechargeable at the bottom of the guitar where there is a ¼ inch input and output for the guitar. At the bridge of the guitar, HyVibe has a piezo pickup that transmits string vibrations to the processor (brain) on top of the guitar. The internal exciters are fixed inside under the bridge. From the outside it looks like a cool acoustic guitar with a cutaway.

Main characteristics: The Lag HyVibe THV10DCE is an acoustic guitar that has effects, a looper and a metronome and can project recorded music through the soundhole like a Bluetooth speaker.

Manufacturing quality: Very well made acoustic guitar with a red cedar top, mahogany back and sides and loaded with HyVibe technology inside.

Sound and Tone: Plays and sounds amazing both unplugged and plugged in. Built-in effects and features expand the tonal palette and options, as does the Smartphone app.

Material: Solidly built guitar with closed machine head tuners. All HyVibe hardware is inside the acoustic body and not visible, but works great.

Advantages: By playing the Lag HyVibe THV10DCE Acoustic Guitar, you won’t need to use any other external effects, loopers or metronome since everything is already inside the guitar.

The inconvenients: The only downside I could see is that if you’re averse to electronics or technology in your acoustic guitar, the HyVibe won’t appeal to you.

Verdict: For $1,399, the Lag HyVibe THV10DCE is incredible value for a smart guitar, and it also includes a deluxe gig bag. I found the instrument inspiring in the sounds and effects you could play and access. The Bluetooth speaker function and metronome make practicing and jamming even more fun and simple to use. Bring this guitar to your next songwriting tour and everyone will come to see it after playing. The Lag HyVibe THV10DCE is an effects board, speaker, and acoustic guitar all rolled into one portable gaming and sound package.


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