STRING LATTICE GUITAR
This instrument can be played like any guitar but, sadly, it doesn’t sound especially good. The idea was to replace the guitar’s soundboard with a spider’s web of individual strings. It was expected that the many string segments in the web would resonate along with the main playing strings. This was to provide a sonic richness analogous to that of a wooden soundboard with its many resonances, yet (it was hoped) with a different flavor. These hoped-for effects do indeed take place in the instrument. But the resulting sound turned out to be very muddy, and isn’t particularly interesting or beautiful. That’s why no audio clip is included here.
Despite this disappointing description, the concept behind this instrument remains quite interesting. You can find a fuller discussion of the idea and its potential here.