The Parker Nitefly is a "revolutionary" guitar because of its' solid design, materials, and craftsmanship. My Parker NiteFly was built in '86 and I play it everywhere: jams, gigs, the kitchen---even the bathroom. It's not the instrument for everyone, but it's the one for me. Click to visit Parker Guitars.
In the past I've experimented with the Roland GR-33, which can make a guitar sound like a synththesizer. You can even record MIDI sequences with the right software and hardware. Click to visit Roland GR-33. In the past I've connected the GR-33 to a midi interface.
A midi interface can exchange MIDI protocols to control keyboards or other MIDI instruments and computers. This technology may be appealing, but has issues related to time, money and learning. Click to visit Midiman.com.
Fruity Loops is a drum machine program that is computer based. It can bend, loop, and slice drum tracks and MIDI files. Click to visit FruityLoops.
For amplifying the guitar a Johnson Millennium does the trick for me. It's built with the intensions of a swiss army knife in a stereo combo package that weighs about 80 lbs. The amp buttons and knobs can shape a signal in ways that have massive potential. A graphical text window gives efficient manueverabilty in and between the analog and digital environments. The integration of tube-amp and micro-chip circuitry allows one to quilt riffs into guilded frames and colorfully fretted tapestries. Click to visit Johnson Millennium.
You can record and mixdown songs with Cool Edit Pro. It offers many features for a professional sounding production. It saved files in several different music formats and is relatively inexpensive. It has many features and effects. Click to visit Cool Edit Pro.