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Jared Gold’s JG3 Keyboard

Out of necessity, a super-portable B-3-Style MIDI organ

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Jared Gold at home in New Jersey with his JG3
Jared Gold at home in New Jersey with his JG3

When Jared Gold’s Hammond clone broke down on a gig several years ago, he decided enough was enough. “The thing just wouldn’t start up,” recalls Gold, 33. “It was a nice jazz club and it was really embarrassing. We had to cancel the gig, everyone went home, and I was like, ‘This is not gonna work.’ I was tired of being at the mercy of the gear, so I figured I’d make my own gear.”

The end product of that frustration, and of a lot of subsequent trial and error, is the JG3, a MIDI organ that Gold designed, builds and now sells himself out of his home in Edison, N.J. The major advantage of Gold’s design is that the organ folds in half, making it extremely attractive to traveling musicians. “It’s super-convenient and super-portable,” he says. “I’ve taken it on airplanes as a carry-on.”

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