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Prof strums a new tune with newfangled electric guitar

RIP Les Paul, inventor of the solid body electric guitar, but a University of Maryland professor thinks he has the goods to be this century's guitar guru.

Bruce Jacob, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of Maryland, College Park, says that the new technology used in his so-called coil guitars enables the instruments to produce more sounds than any other guitar currently on store shelves.

Using his background in electrical and computer engineering to develop the guitar, Jacob launched Coil, LLC in 2006. With a list of the sounds he wanted to the guitars to produce, Jacob with the help of five of his students was able to create Coil guitars that according to the company feature an innovative circuitry unlike anything else available.

The guitars are available on the Coil Web site (www.coil-guitars.com) , starting at $999.

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