Our first patent! It didn’t do us much good, and we didn’t know the guy who first wanted to buy the guitar, so we sold it to someone else – after all, who knew about Joe Satriani at the time?
As a result, the rotating pickup guitar became a curiosity of musical instrument history. But the possibilities were endless: It has stereo outputs, which meant that a quarter turn of the two-pickup assembly meant that one only amplified the bass strings, while the other picked up the trebles. You could strum, and the sound would go back and forth, from one speaker to the other! Or you could put a distorted sound on the bass strings and a delay on the trebles, etc.
The guitar’s switches were touch-sensitive designs, the controls were faders rather than pots, and the position markers built into the side of the fingerboard lit up. It was an instrument with many possibilities, but what guitarist really wants that?