I’ve been eyeballing the iRig Amplitube for a while now, but there was always something holding me back. Basically, I wasn’t too sure how interacting with an iPhone would work while I was playing my guitar. And then I was presented with this: The Castiv Sidekick guitar mount for iPhone, iPod, Zune, PSP, and more. The adjustable head can hold any device that is anywhere from 3″ to 4.3″ wide at the top of your guitar neck in perfect line of sight while you’re playing. So I went and bought the iRig!
The mount slides under the strings at the top of the neck on your favorite guitar and snaps together so you can see your music, tabs, a metronome, or – in my case – the Amplitube software for the iRig. Simply attach the Sidekick, adjust the swivel head for viewing angle, and then slide in your device. It’s very simple to setup and use.
I only have one issue with the Sidekick, and it’s about one of the pieces of the device. The clip part which keeps the metal pieces together seems to be looser than intended from the design. Perhaps that piece should have been metal as well?
All in all, I don’t think I’ll be playing the guitar anytime soon without one of these as well. Being able to see the app I’m using while playing is key, and I can’t think of a better way of doing it for my phone.
The Castiv Sidekick is about $29.99 online.