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Super Mario Bros. Guitar

An internet user who goes by the name "Geeked Out" has created a guitar that appears to be straight from the Mushroom Kingdom. The Australian artist designed the guitar's body to replicate the silhouette of Mario from the iconic Super Mario Bros. franchise. No detail was spared, as it also includes mushroom inlays that run along the neck of the guitar. Continue reading for a video and an interesting fact about Mario's many voice actors.

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Stainless Steel Bass Guitar

This is not a futuristic weapon, just Stash's stainless steel bass guitar. Not just for looks, there are quite a few benefits that a full metal instrument offers, such as durability, but also the fact that stainless steel won't be impacted by temperature changes the same way a wooden bass would be. One caveat: prices start at $3,000. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Honeycomb Sleeping Cells

From afar, they look like giant honeycombs, but step closer, and you'll realize that they're actually sleeping cells. Designed by Belgium-based designers B-AND-BEE, each one of these cozy cells contain a king-size bed, complete with a warm wooden finish, and a pull-down shade for added privacy. The stackable modular design means you can fit a bunch of people in a small space, making it perfect for music festivals and similar events. Continue reading for more pictures.

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360 Degree Drum Kit

Sure, it's not practical or usable in a concert setting, but Yamaha's 360° spherical drum kit is definitely the coolest-looking one we've seen yet. It was designed by Yamaha's motorcycle division, and a company representative said: "This design seeks to create an ideal form that will allow human beings to go beyond existing methods to express themselves. The design resembles a globe and allows performers to let their imaginations run wild on an assortment of different kinds of drums. Energy erupts centered on the performer and creates an increasingly visually dynamic world of sound." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a SpaceX launch in 4K resolution.

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Two-String Piezoelectric Violin

What happens when you combine 3D-printing technology with a musical instrument? You get this beautiful two-string piezoelectric violin. It will make its official debut at the 3D Print Design Show in New York, and was designed by architects Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of MONAD Studio. Goldemberg says: "Our desire to create unusual instruments emerged when we realized the aesthetic and technical issues we were facing as architects did not differ much from those of musicians and composers." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including "Artoo in Love, an R2-D2 love story.

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Eton Rukus

The Eton Rukus may be priced at just $44.99 (today only) shipped, but it's no ordinary portable Bluetooth speaker. The sun's rays powers the device to keep your tunes playing, and if your phone starts to die, just plug it into the Rukus for a charge. When it gets dark out, the internal lithium battery will keep the music going for hours. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Jamstik+ Smart Guitar

First there was Jamstik, now Zivix has unveiled the new and improved Jamstik+. It's essentially a guitar MIDI controller that uses natural guitar frets and strings, rather than switches and piezo sensors. It offers a wireless BluetoothSmart connection for compatible iOS devices to make connecting simple. Don't know how to play? The included apps will guide you from how to hold a pick correctly to creating your own song. Continue reading for two more videos, the Kickstarter page and more information.

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LEGO Record Player

Most record players aren't the most exciting of musical devices, but "The Planet" just might be the exception. Hand-built by Korean brick master Hayarobi, this complete LEGO-based turntable consists 2,405 pieces, and is powered by a LEGO Power Functions Battery Box, along with a LEGO Power Functions M-Motor. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and additional information.

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Instrument 1

Instrument 1 is when violin, guitar, cello and keyboard are all combined into a single, digital instrument. It basically consists of a board that resembles the fretboard of an electric guitar, complete with six pressure- and velocity-sensitive ridges instead of strings, with a volume and mode knob, as well as bridge buttons, on one end, and speakers on both. A built-in accelerometer allows the device to be aware of its orientation. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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Large Asteroid Impact

Sure, a large asteroid may not impact Earth in our lifetimes, but if one does happen to appear out of nowhere, this simulation shows what it may look like. Anselmo la Manna took this devastating computer simulation - from the 2005 Discovery Channel miniseries Miracle Planet - of a massive 310-mile-wide asteroid impacting the Earth and paired it with Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky." Continue reading to watch.

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