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Here at Premier Guitar
headquarters, we recently got the book Nice Noise
, which details loads of interesting instrument modifications and tools for “prepared guitar” (basically, ways of getting interesting sounds with stuff from your junk drawer). With our makeover-themed issue in the works, we were intrigued when we flipped to the more radical second half, where experimental instrument builders Yuri Landman (from the Netherlands) and Bart Hopkin (San Francisco) highlight scores of modified guitars and custom instruments—many of them so unusual that they hardly resemble a guitar.
While the look of these instruments, as well as the avant-garde music that’s often associated with prepared techniques, might lead you to believe they’re only for, well, weirdos, Landman’s client roster proves otherwise. He’s built instruments for Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, as well as members of radio-friendly bands such as the Go! Team, Enon, and Micachu and the Shapes.
Inspired by the intriguing pictures, we invited Landman to walk us through one of the projects in Nice Noise—one that’s a bit out-there but one that we thought might still appeal to adventurous Premier Guitar
readers. Here, Landman gives us a step-by-step guide to the transformation of an unsuspecting 6-string.
Click here to read the full story as featured in the March 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.