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Best Use of Double-Neck Guitar: El Ten Eleven

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Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Imagine, if you will, the following scenario. You're a guitar virtuoso, shredding the ever-loving hell out of your axe.

Devil horns are held high across the arena, frizzy dude-manes are head banging at maximum velocity. Then during your lightning fast, two-handed tap solo, the guitar gods compel you to execute a Jaco Pasterious-styled harmonic arpeggio on a fretless 5-string bass with a whammy bar. What do you do? You're only human, right, not an eight tentacled octopus of rock? Well, luckily for you, mortal, that's where the double neck guitar comes in. It's the Escalade of guitars: It has all the options.

(Watch more multi-neck madness of El Ten Eleven after the jump)

Few musicians put the double-neck to the test better than Kristian Dunn from El Ten Eleven . Dunn plays a beautiful guitar-bass combo, switching seamlessly between high and low ends with an effortless demeanor belying the difficulty of handling both registers. He lays down a riff on the bass, then loops it, then comes a guitar line, then another loop. When the looping rhythm section is set, he lays down melodic solos that propel the engine of these instrumental dance jams. Alongside the driving drums of Tim Fogarty, Dunn's deft fretwork makes El Ten Eleven a pared down post-rock monster.

Dunn may be a double-guitar master, but here is some more footage of musicians for whom one neck is never enough.

Tom Morello's Double Neck!

Triple Mando-guitar-thing with John Paul Jones!

Michael Mannring Triple Bass

QUAD Guitar!


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