Inspired Instruments Closes $1.25 Million Round for World's First Mobile Digital Guitar and Game Controller

Private Investors Fund First Mobile Digital Guitar Compatible With Wii™, PS3™, Mac™, PC™, iPod™, iPhone™, iPad™, RockBand™, Guitar Hero™, Amplifier, and Stereo

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2010) -  Inspired Instruments, creators of the world's first real-string digital guitar, announced today the completion of its Series A funding of $1.25 million USD. With this announcement, the Company intends to launch their greatly anticipated You Rock Guitar platform and move forward with a broad line of accessories and software solutions. The funding was led by CEO and co-founder, Kevin Kent, and Executive Vice President JR deSouza, with the legal counsel of LaFlam Sullivan of Irvine, California. Senior partner, Bethany LaFlam, said, "Even in this tough economic climate, it was clear that Inspired had a very unique team, product and plan in place."

"We are ready to take Inspired Instruments to the next level by expanding the distribution, infrastructure and product development team," says Inspired Instruments co-founder and President, Cliff Elion. "By securing capital for this venture, we are right on track to truly bridge the gap between playing games and playing real instruments. In fact, Kevin and I did our first MIDI guitar more than 25 years ago and sold that to Gibson -- this guitar leaves that technology in the dust." 

Kent went on to say, "We succeeded with this raise without complicated deals or arrangements, keeping the company nimble and unencumbered. All of this allows us to shift our focus towards operational execution just in time for the launch of the product."

Executive Vice President, JR deSouza added, "After a deep analysis of the gaming, music and consumer electronic markets, it was clear that video game-related instruments helped increased the desire for actual playing -- not just pretend. There's been no real compelling solution to date, but that's just what we have done."

About Inspired Instruments

Inspired Instruments is dedicated to inspiring a new generation of music makers and providing customers with innovation at every opportunity. You Rock Guitar and GameFlex™ are registered trademarks of Inspired Instruments, Inc.

Inspired has further launched a new product website and moved into their new facility at 9800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA (949) 954-5370.

About You Rock Guitar

Through a unique patent-pending neck technology and software focused on the successful experience of playing guitar, even for the first timer, You Rock Guitar is the instrument that millions of dedicated gamers want. Parents will also value and support this purchase for their children, seeing a benefit from time and energy learning towards a real and valued musical path. Inspired Instruments is dedicated to providing customers with innovation at every opportunity. You Rock Guitar is the registered trademark of Inspired Instruments, Inc.

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