I wanted to have a better situation compared to having the iPhone in my pocket while I used Garageband to record during my daily commutes. Having the 30 pin connector on one end and the headphone jack on the other with the older models of the iPhone makes it unwieldy at best to use all of this while standing up. There were previous experiments with guitars and built-in amplification that I wanted to improve as well. Feedback suppression was a major hurdle back in those days and I wanted to utilize a graphic EQ to do this without the need to build one into every guitar. The tone controls such as reverb, chorus, echo, tremolo, phaser, etc. can all be derived from the growing list of guitar oriented apps as well
I started off with some old bedboards that were on the curb and a set of speakers. When I first tried it out I was under whelmed with the small amount of projection that I got from these big speakers as I walked down the sidewalk. One of my clients said, "Why don't you enclose the back of this and make it more like a speaker cabinet?". That was the ticket! The thing was already getting a little heavy and thick, so the objective in testing out the theory was to do it without adding much weight or dimension to the instrument.
I had probably already mocked up 25 different ideas for a guitar made from a license plate by this time so this material was fresh in my mind when I set out to solve the conundrum. I always prefer to solve these equations with whatever I already have on hand, so a piece of barrel stave was added to the bottom to make it stand on it's own. I have allot of ideas for iPhone guitars. It makes a great tool when the screen is mounted right on the guitar where you can see it while you play. Dorm room, bedroom, living room in a small apartment. Now your recording studio is built right into your guitar.