double guitars
May 11, 2005 10:22 AM   Subscribe

"You know those guitars, that are, like...double guitars?" (Quicktime)
posted by jenleigh (41 comments total)
That is too good to be true.
posted by Quartermass at 10:41 AM on May 11, 2005

Chocolate microscopes?
posted by emptybowl at 10:44 AM on May 11, 2005

That would be difficult to carry on the subway.
posted by fungible at 10:46 AM on May 11, 2005

The cock-rocker in me thinks this is pretty neat, but let's face it... it's just tuneless, wanky noodling. He must have some fairly strong fingers, though.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:47 AM on May 11, 2005

So these guitars, they... vibrate?
posted by sninky-chan at 10:48 AM on May 11, 2005


sure looks like windows media to me.
posted by quonsar at 10:49 AM on May 11, 2005

What's the matter with that guy's hair?
posted by Balisong at 10:49 AM on May 11, 2005

Yeah, it's a shame there's not footage of him playing the Quad guitar, but two is still pretty impressive. He has instructional videos available if you want to learn to shred.
posted by Jart at 10:49 AM on May 11, 2005

The only guitar for the lucrative conjoined twin market.
posted by Lord Kinbote at 10:49 AM on May 11, 2005

It's worth it for the final ten seconds where he...slowly...intensely...raises...the double guitar to cover his grimacing face...

{fade to black}

sure looks like windows media to me.

posted by jenleigh at 10:52 AM on May 11, 2005

imagine, being able to play 2 guitars like that whilst blinded by the world's heaviest fringe. wow.
posted by handee at 10:59 AM on May 11, 2005

Back off hatas. That was bitchingly shredtastic!

Virtuosos. Trembaloes. Arpeggios.
posted by bardic at 11:01 AM on May 11, 2005

Why two if you can have five?

Personally, I would have added a few whammy bar dives and screaming pinch harmonics, but luckily I left my shredding 80s days behind me.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 11:04 AM on May 11, 2005

Hell fuckin' yeah!! WHooooOOOO!!!

\m/ Awesome mullet-topped cheesy goodness.

Although from a strictly freudian perspective that was just wrong
posted by petebest at 11:25 AM on May 11, 2005

posted by Nelson at 11:29 AM on May 11, 2005

posted by papercake at 11:29 AM on May 11, 2005

Former guitar shredder here.

It's Michael Angelo! I own the VHS tape ('Speed Kills') this clip is off of and one of his CDs. As shred guitarists go, he wasn't very popular, but he is certainly one of the most technically adept and his songs are pretty good, too. You can listen to some of them here.

Check out this video to see some more shredding from him. His single-guitar playing is far more impressive, in my opinion.
posted by driveler at 11:30 AM on May 11, 2005

Have you seen his other videos? There's one speed-metal one where he goes absolutely insanely fast, like his fingers are traveling to another dimension.

Love the haircut, respect the finger speed.

On Preview: that's the one driveler.
posted by Four Flavors at 11:31 AM on May 11, 2005

Too bad so many shredders think the only way to achieve legato phrasing like that is to compress the living fuck out of the signal with high gain. The resulting tone is so soulless, it is little more than typewriter music. It can be done with a clean amp setting without any compression whatsoever, guys, and it sounds even more impressive.

... and yes, I mastered two-handed tapping in the 80s along with everyone else. It's pure flash. ;-P
posted by mischief at 11:35 AM on May 11, 2005

Lots of boring hammer-on/off's. And his tempo was really erratic. But props for style. I'm gonna have to check out that video driveler linked to to see what he can do with a single guitar.

On preview: compress the living fuck out of the signal with high gain

Yeah, well, combined with reverb, you can do a decent job at hiding a sloppy technique.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:41 AM on May 11, 2005

[Just watched 2nd video]

Woah. I take back my "sloppy technique" comment. That was a TOUR DE FORCE!

/smacked upside the head with the cliché stick
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:00 PM on May 11, 2005

\m/ I have officially been ROCKED! It may be insipid, but its insipid RAWK! YOW! (Maybe I *won't* sell the ol' Flying V after all!)

(Also, i wish there was a way I could make it so when you read the word "RAWK!", like lightning bolts would shoot into the back of the monitor you're reading and there was an earthquake for like 4 seconds and in the distance you hear the roar of Odin from like, Valhalla.)

(And it happened every time you read the word RAWK!)
posted by indiebass at 12:05 PM on May 11, 2005

Where's my mullet?? I must have it back! This was pure mullety goodness. And acid wash too!
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:14 PM on May 11, 2005

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

posted by SteveInMaine at 12:26 PM on May 11, 2005

impeccable technique is the refuge of the soulless.
posted by quonsar at 12:58 PM on May 11, 2005

I find Rhett Butler more impressive because 1) he doesn't use a specially designed multi-necked guitar, 2) his haircut doesn't remind me uncomfortably of Chrissie Hynde, and 3) Rhett Butler has a much wider spectrum of music styles than just metal; he's both an acoustic and electric guitar performer ranging from folk to blues to jazz. Rickeys Blues is a particularly impressive cut. However I must admit to being partial to Texas music artists.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:14 PM on May 11, 2005

He has instructional videos available if you want to learn to shred

Only Jimi can
posted by Kattullus at 1:31 PM on May 11, 2005

there was an fpp a few months back of some german dude who was incredibly fast on an acoustic guitar. it was unreal.
posted by quonsar at 1:33 PM on May 11, 2005

joscho stephan
posted by quonsar at 1:39 PM on May 11, 2005

Not Hans Reichel?
posted by kenko at 1:44 PM on May 11, 2005





Yeah, I remember when I thought that stuff was impressive. I think I was about twelve. Ooh... and EIGHTIES-STYLE TAPPING! Woah! What next? Sweeping? ROCKTASTIC! Great haircut, too!

What Quonsar said cannot be said often enough.
posted by Decani at 1:49 PM on May 11, 2005

If doing that "flip your hands around the guitar neck thing" from driveler's link was popular in the 80's, I should have spent more time watching Headbanger's Ball and less time watching Skinemax.
posted by Bugbread at 2:01 PM on May 11, 2005

Instructional video? You don't need no steenking video. Try this:

You know how some people roll their fingers on a desktop when they are bored? Learn to do it both ways, pinky to index and then index to pinky. Next, learn that technique with the other hand.

Now, pick up an electric guitar. Turn the amp gain to 10, the master volume to 2, and boost the mids to about 7.

Ta-da!!! Instant 80s spandex king!

Have a nice day. ;-P
posted by mischief at 2:05 PM on May 11, 2005

Did anyone else notice that on the second Michael Angelo video, his clothes and guitar change as he plays the song? I'm not hatin', just wonderin'.

Oh, and that Josco Stephan link was terrific. It reminds me of the music from The Third Man. It's super duper happy.
posted by beaverd at 5:13 PM on May 11, 2005

quonsar: That link was friggin' amazing.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:16 PM on May 11, 2005

Speed kills indeed.

He plays way slower, but I'd rather listen to Gilmour.
posted by The Deej at 5:21 PM on May 11, 2005

yeah the joscho stephan link was amazing, but it's interesting that he's using the same techniques. Mostly a different sound and music (and doing it on acoustic is the difference between punching a cake and punching a wall.) But the same sweeps and picking technique.

It reminds me of Muddy Waters because . . of . . the ahhh . . the ok, no it doesn't.
posted by petebest at 6:40 PM on May 11, 2005

It reminded me of Sir Richard Bishop (the Stephan link did, that is), who when I saw him didn't play as fast but in the same gypsy-jazz mode, and was awesome.
posted by kenko at 7:15 PM on May 11, 2005

Quonsar: "joscho stephan"
Now that was a sweet link.
I wonder how he'd go if he had 2 fingers on his fret hand paralysed??
posted by peacay at 9:34 PM on May 11, 2005

I wonder how he'd go if he had 2 fingers on his fret hand paralysed??

Holy crap. Eddie Van Halen, eat your heart out. I'd never seen *video* of Django before.
posted by mrbill at 7:03 AM on May 12, 2005

that was twice as wanking as any other guitar playing I've seen recently.
posted by damehex at 3:01 PM on May 12, 2005

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