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This guitar was built by Linda Manzer and is the craziest I have ever seen:

In 1984 Pat Metheny asked me to design and build a guitar with ” as many strings as possible” The resulting collaboration was the Pikasso guitar. In 1992 I was asked by the late Scott Chinery to build a strictly acoustic version of Metheny’s Pikasso. Thus, Pikasso II. This second Pikasso was recently on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a show called “Dangerous Curves”.

Posted on - May 30, 2003 [at] 4:10 pm by Brad
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8 Comments on this post

Jakob Dorof on Guitar for Crazies
May 30, 2003 at 5:18 pm

Holy crap…is that thing playable?

dcomposed on Guitar for Crazies
May 30, 2003 at 8:20 pm

Maybe for a six-armed superhero.

Jakob Dorof on Guitar for Crazies
June 1, 2003 at 4:24 pm

Like Superman?

aniki_21 on Guitar for Crazies
June 2, 2003 at 6:36 am

I want one just for the weirdness factor.

Kajun on Guitar for Crazies
June 2, 2003 at 3:27 pm

I wonder how many people Honky Tonk Man could have knocked out with THAT baby.

haumovie on Guitar for Crazies
June 3, 2003 at 1:41 pm

Madness. It looks made up, but I suppose it is.

Billyboy on Guitar for Crazies
July 2, 2003 at 7:30 pm

Anyone seen the movie “Spy Kids” when the bad guy gets mutated with loads of hands & heads sticking out of his body…!

dred on Guitar for Crazies
October 25, 2003 at 6:02 pm

Yes, the Pikasso I is very playable. I saw Pat play this guitar 19 October, 2003, at the Liberty Theater in Lawrence, Kansas (home to U. of Kansas), about 45 miles West of Pat’s hometown of Lee Summit, Missouri. For the bass notes, he plays the Pikasso by striking the 5th and 6th strings of the longest (normal) neck of the guitar with his left hand, a technique called “hammer-on”. The notes are played by hitting the strings at different frets, and since the guitar is electrified and amped, hammering on makes almost as much sound as playing the string with both hands. All the other strings are tuned to specific notes, so he just plucks those with his right hand without fretting the strings, both with a pick and fingerstyle. It sounds unbelievable in Pat’s hands: in anyone else’s, I suppose it would sound like a drowning Chinese cat.

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