For his senior project at University of Florida, computer engineering undergraduate Mike Davenport created an instrument that's part arcade stick, part guitar. Instead of strings, the instrument features six buttons; it also uses a thumb slider joystick to adjust the pitch and "LFO Rate."

Davenport says he took inspiration for the project from arcade fighting games in which you can press two buttons (or a button and a direction) to perform a different move than you would pushing a single button. With his instrument, you can tap two buttons to play different "combos" (editable three-note chords, arpeggios).

He's also built in save banks, wave selection, and more into the instrument. You can read more technical details about the arcade guitar at Davenport's site. I've included a video after the break of him jamming with the device, too:

[Via Hack a Day]