Renato Giordano, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Italian Air Force who began playing classical guitar at 7 and graduated from an Italian conservatory at 14, capped his military career with an assignment to the NAVSTAR GPS project. During the years he worked on the F-104 fighter's avionics redesign, Tornado aircraft navigation and communication systems design, and then NAVSTAR, Renato always kept one ear trained on music.
Eventually, he was able to apply his PhD in electrical engineering and his years of expertise in antenna and RF systems design to an electronics-design problem that had bedeviled the music industry for decades. Last year, he joined forces with "a bunch of crazy friends" to open his "little venture," RGAP Innovation Inc., whose Mag7 pickguard design has more or less reinvented the electric guitar.
- Electric guitar that finally offers a pure tone: $ 1,500 - 2,500
- Education required to produce such a guitar: $ several billion
- Hearing some ego-inflated rocker hammer one of these babies during the next decade while singing "War, What Is It Good For?"...Priceless.