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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2014, 09:45 AM
 
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Re: Stop the ERG fad

Quit your griping. The first shredder to use a 10 string (yes TEN string) guitar was Anthony Mazella.

go to about 4 minutes into this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1rDRUI1_1Y

1998 and we had a 10 string guitar. He had to build this by hand because no one started making anything beyond 7 strings at this point. Even now, Ibanez and Schecter are only at 9, and it has been more than 15 years since this video was made.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-21-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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Re: Stop the ERG fad

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As others have noted, they've been around for quite a while (fairly standard in the Jazz world) but I think the 'fad' part comes in when a certain sort of person gets so enamored with the theoretical aspects of extended range that they conveniently overlook they're otherwise awful players with 6 strings and the addition of more strings will just be more strings they fail at. The internet and its endless theorizing and gear-research has really put a lot of wind in the sails of these guys.

Guitar is one of those things that suffers from a weird inversion where there are vastly more theorists and instrument-academics than there are competent practitioners. Guys who buy ERG's because they need them based on their musical ideas outstripping the 6 available strings of a normal guitar (ie, Yamandu Costa) are a different species from guys who buy them because of what they imagine they can do with one but in reality can not do.
Excellent post.
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post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-21-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Re: Stop the ERG fad

Agreed... and then I thought "Who's this Yamandu Costa?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT1sMuGc4uE

Wow...
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-21-2014, 11:58 PM
 
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