.. or a guitar or a mike or.. anything, really. In Star Wars Galaxies, performers can play set pieces on a variety of interesting-looking instruments, but it's set pieces or nothing. Pretty repetitive, although familiar and comforting.
Long have the residents of the Universe wanted the ability to play their own music. Imagine the cacophony! Imagine the events. Cantina Crawl is already a live, travelling performance troupe. There are stages and bars littered across the Universe: mostly empty, begging for home-grown celebrities!
The ability for the players to create and play and perform their own music, in-game, would be nothing short of spectacular. Most of it would be rubbish. Some of it would be heart-liftingly fabulous. Watching a player perform their own music would be intensely more compelling than watching someone macro'ing set piece 3 (like the advert break on TV, healing in a cantina while watching these set pieces repeated is the player's opportunity to go stretch their legs and make a cuppa).
Unfortunately, though, the will on SOE's part is not there.
If we allowed someone to play anything they want, they could play a song by Madonna and then we'd have licensing issues," said Julio Torres, a producer for Star Wars Galaxies at LucasArts. "We don't want to give them the option to try, because the bottom line is, if we open that gate, they will go through it," he said.
Hopefully Fred and Greg can argue how ridiculous this is, for everyone's sake. The artist who is against some happy kids on Endor hammering out their mangled versions of songs on an instrument that looks like this:
.. is an artist with no heart.
Tis a real shame that fear of the "might happen" cuts off innovation and the ability for these digital humans to sing campfire songs and make music together. The force is not strong with this decision.