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Weird noises from your guitar.

The history is here.

     Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 29, 2016
     Category: Music | Technology | 1970s

Awesome! First we had a hurdy-gurdy - well described as a balalaika trying to be an Irish Fiddle, and now guitars acoustically disguised as violins and cellos. Ultimately, there was the theremin - a wireless 'string' instrument.
Posted by tadchem on 10/30/16 at 03:33 AM
Isn't there a $50.00 effects foot pedal that does pretty much the same thing?
Posted by S. Norman on 10/31/16 at 07:41 AM
There probably is an effects pedal, S. Modern electronics and signal processing can make electric instruments sound like anything.

Obviously the effect here is mechanical. Keep in mind that most string instruments are variations on a theme. The sound is produced by hammering, plucking or friction. Eric Bloom uses what is probably one of the first versions of this device even today. It produces the long haunting sustain in "Don't Fear The Reaper."
Posted by KDP on 10/31/16 at 08:28 AM
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