WOODBRIDGE -- It looks like a guitar, just with bites taken out of it, but that's by design.
Bob Feather is the artist behind Ergovibe, a guitar made for wheelchair players and those who play in a seated position. Feather, a photographer and inventor, got the inspiration for the specially designed guitar after a friend and fellow musician was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. "I was watching him play his bass," Feather said, "and I saw he was really struggling and he was about ready to give up so I thought what can I do about this."
The body of the guitar has cut outs that form to a players legs and a carbon fiber leaf spring. "It makes it a lot more accessible for the player," Feather said.
Additionally, Feather has donated a handmade acoustic guitar to the Gary Sinise Foundation, a group that supports disabled veterans. Ultimately, the three men behind the Ergovibe hope someone will step up and fund their invention so the instrument can be made on a wider scale.
"It's one of those things that feels good to do it," said Mark Stoleson.
Feather added, "I would like to see everyone who could benefit from this to benefit from this."
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