List of keytars

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Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess dueling with guitarist John Petrucci in Buenos Aires (2008). Rudess plays his Zen Riffer keytar

A keytar is a keyboard or synthesizer hung around the neck and shoulders, similar to a guitar.

List of keytars[edit]

  * - keyboard model without (possibly optional) control grip

Dates Model Type I/F Notes
1795 Orphica[1] acoustic piano a portable miniature piano in horizontal harp form.
1963 Weltmeister Basset[2] electric bass piano
using struck reed
an electric piano bass, similar to Hohner Bass or Rhodes PianoBass, used by dance bands in East Germany probably late 196?.
1966 Joh Mustad Tubon[3] electronic bass organ
1977 Hillwood RB-1[4] synth piano used by Haruo Chikada (The Vibratones).
1977[citation needed] Powell Probe controller (CV/Gate) Roger Powell's keytar by Royalex
1979 PMS Syntar[5] synthesizer (CV/Gate) an earliest synthesizer keytar product, prior to the Moog Liberation in 1980
1980 Davis Clavitar controller (CV/Gate) used by George Duke, Herbie Hancock in 1980.
1980c.1980 Davis Clavitron[citation needed] unknown unknown
1980 Moog Liberation synthesizer CV/Gate
1980 Royalex Probe controller (CV/Gate) Jan Hammer's keytar by Royalex, ca. 1980.
19821982 Dynacord Rhythm Stick (Jamma)[6] percussion controller MIDI & CV/Gate
1982 Roland SH-101 synthesizer CV/Gate control grip was optional.
used by Bob Casale (Devo).
1982 Sequential Circuits Remote Prophet controller SCB SCB:Serial Control Buss, a MIDI prototype developed by SCI
Used by Geoffrey Downes of ASIA and Dave Stewart.
1982 Yamaha CS01* synthesizer with breath controller CV/Gate used by Chick Corea in the early 1980s.
1983 Yamaha KX1 controller MIDI used by George Duke in 1983.
1983 Korg Poly-800* synthesizer MIDI
1983c.1983 Yamaha CS01II synthesizer with breath controller CV/Gate
1984 Korg Poly-800 MkII* synthesizer MIDI
1984 Casio CZ-101* synthesizer MIDI a medium size keyboard with strap pins
1984 Korg RK-100 controller MIDI
1984 Yamaha KX5 controller MIDI a medium depth keyboard
1985 Lync LN1 (The Lync) controller MIDI
1985 Roland AXIS controller MIDI
1985 Yamaha DX100* synthesizer MIDI a mini keyboard with strap pins
1986 Casio AZ-1 controller MIDI
1986 Siel DK70 synthesizer MIDI control grip was optional
1987 Korg 707* synthesizer MIDI a synthesizer with strap pins
1987 Yamaha SHS-10 electronic keyboard MIDI
1987 Tyco HotKeyz toy keyboard a toy keyboard
1988 Lync LN4 controller MIDI also Jan Hammer signature model was exist.
1988 Yamaha SHS-200 electronic keyboard MIDI
1989 Tsumura JD21[7] percussion controller MIDI
1990 Lync LN1000 controller MIDI
19901990 Formanta Mini synthesizer (MIDI)
1991 Junost 21 synthesizer (MIDI)
1993 Roland AX-1 controller MIDI
1999 Baldoni Midi Accord[citation needed] accordion controller ? MIDI
20002000 Suzuki MK-3600
electronic keyboard MIDI a keyboard for marching band
2000 Lag LeKey controller (MIDI)
2001 Roland AX-7 controller MIDI
2002 Casio SA-75 electronic keyboard MIDI a mini electronic keyboard with handsfree microphone and strap pins
2007c.2007 Zen Riffer Solo Axe keyboard controller (MIDI)
2008 Behringer UMA25S* controller USB & MIDI
2008 Zendrum percussion controller (MIDI)
2009 Roland AX-Synth synthesizer USB & MIDI
2009 Stoneboard controller MIDI
2010 Politrep* controller MIDI
2010 Roland Lucina AX-09 synthesizer USB & MIDI
2010 Mad Catz Rock Band 3 Wireless Pro Keyboard Video game controller PS3 & MIDI
2012 Alesis Vortex controller USB & MIDI
2014 Korg RK-100S synthesizer USB & MIDI

Custom/rare keytars[edit]

Rare keytar products[edit]

Drum/Percussion keytars[edit]

Custom made keytars[edit]

Customized keytars[edit]

Based on minimoog keyboards
Based on Yamaha KX series
Based on Roland AX series


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Orphica (?Vienna, c.1805)". Centre for Performance History, Royal College of Music. 
  2. ^ "Weltmeister Basset". Archived from the original on 2002-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Joh Mustad AB Tubon (1966, Sweden)". Stockholm Music and Theatre Museum. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Rockeyboard RB-1". Hillwood Keyboard / Synthesizer Catalog 1977. Hillwood Musical Instrument/Zen-On. 
  5. ^ James D. Maier. "The Performance Music Systems Syntar". 
  6. ^ a b "The Jamma & Dynacord Rhythm Stick official site".  — including the stories, photographs, videos, technical stuffs and manuals (see below).
    Dynacord Rhythm Stick MIDI - operating manual. Dynacord. 
    UK application 8,423,427, Jones Peter Stephab (Dynacord Electronic-Und Geratebau GmbH & Co.), "A Music Synthesizer, Especially Portable Drum Synthesizer", published 1984-09-17  (EP 0195038 A1 (published on 1986-09-24), WO 8601927 A1)
    US patent 4,867,028, Peter S. Jones (Dynacord Electronic-Und Geratebau GmbH & Co.), "Music Synthesizer Especially Portable Drum Synthesizer", issued 1989-09-19  (a continuation of co-pending application Ser. No. 871,442, filed as PCT EP85/01927 on Mar. 22, 1986, now abandoned.)
  7. ^ a b "JD21 official manual" (in Japanese). Tsumura Inc. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Jan Hammer playing Cruder in 1970s. (photo).