Product Review: Guitar Sidekick

Being a musician and an iPhone user, I often turn to my iPhone when trying to learn new songs for the cover band that I’m in. There is a struggle to read music or tablature, on the small screen of the iPhone, while trying to play the songs at the same time. I have always wanted to solve the this issue, with some kind of stand, or something. Well, I’m proud to say a Canadian company called Castiv, has solved this issue for us, with the Guitar Sidekick.

This awesome iPhone holder easily connects to your guitar, putting your iPhone right at the top of your fret board, so you can easily read the music, while playing. The Guitar Sidekick’s unique clamp connects to the strings of your guitar, just at the top of the fret board, without affecting your tuning. The cradle tilts and rotates, for optimal viewing of the screen, and my iPhone fit snug into the cradle, without the fear of it falling to the floor. It is also adjustable to for many other devices, up 4.5 inches wide.

This is a great product, that I have been looking for a long time. The Guitar Sidekick feels sturdy, and I had no worry of my iPhone falling out, while I was playing. You can use this with tons of guitar apps that are in the App Store right now, but I found it most handy for reading music. I found it easy to install and remove from my guitars, as I switched from my electric to my acoustic. The only negative I found, is that the clamp that goes on the strings will not work on bass guitar, as the strings are a lot thicker.

Here’s a video of the Guitar Sidekick in action:

YouTube video

You can order the Castiv Guitar Sidekick right from their website. It goes for $29.99 USD, plus shipping.

Written by Mike McKinnon

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