2010
04.26

KJPaul scored the ultimate air guitar while strolling down Valentia Street Sunday April 25th while on the way to Dolores Park. There were a bunch of sidewalk sales happening on Valentia Street that day, mostly cloths, books and knickknacks, but the corner of 21st and Valencia was the ultimate prize; a Jaminator!

The Jaminator is a late 80’s version of Guitar Hero a little before its time. It is the ultimate Air Guitar. It lets you play lead guitar riffs on top of well-known songs. There are cartridges that store songs and riffs in ROM; each cartridge contains five songs, a few digitized instruments, and dozens of riffs. The riffs are selected by holding down a fret button with your left hand and tapping one of the string buttons with your right hand. It will then play a lead guitar riff that is harmonious with the selected song. There are also drum pads and a small keyboard if you want to spread your talents around.

It makes an amazingly beautiful air guitar. It feels amazing in your hands and is just down right fun to play.

Patrick holding the Jaminator Ultimate Air Guitor
Patrick Malony holding the Ultimate Air Guitar, the Jaminator at a Dalva Karaoke Bar night!

You can see more photos of the Jaminator in action in the KJPaul jaming on the Jaminator blog post on the SF KJ Paul Karaoke blog.

I had a sneaky suspicion that there was some link between Atari games and the Jaminator. One of the many clues was the phone jack sync. Low and behold, one Google search later and the proof was found! Worlds of Wonder or WoW, the creator of the Jamintor was a founded by former Atari employees!

Jaminator Atari Game clue
Jaminator Atari Game phone jack sync clue

The Jaminator also make the ultimate air saxophone and the girls will go crazy when you play it!

Jaminator as an air saxophone
Results of playing the Jaminator as a karaoke air saxophone!

And if you decide that you absolutely need a Jaminator of your very own, you can buy one online for a mere £120- at Jaminator.com.

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