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Acoustician: Comfortably Numb

Acoustician: Comfortably Numb

While our ears are tickled with the tones of musician Juha Järvinen’s (aka the Acoustician) solo from Pink Floyd’s classic, our eyeballs are enthralled with the gorgeous Ibanez acoustic guitar he’s playing. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for more eye and ear candy.

Off by a Syllable

Off by a Syllable

(PG-13: Language) Musician Jay Foreman starts out with a simple tale about being off by a single syllable on a childhood song, then goes on to demonstrate his ability to do the same with just about any song. Watch him mess with a couple more songs here.

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Billy Jean: Fingerstyle Cover

Billy Jean: Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Alexandr Misko performs a wonderful fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the King of Pop’s massive hit, infusing new life into the 1982 track. His covers of The Cranberries’ Zombie and System of a Down’s Chop Suey! are equally sublime. (Thanks Nathan!)

Acoustic Labs: Star Wars

Acoustic Labs: Star Wars

Greg Johnson of Acoustic Labs performs a fantastic fingerstyle medley of some of John Williams’ music from the Star Wars saga. We’d pay good money to see a whole performance of this done live with the films on screen. Check out more great music over on Alvarez Live.

Hanbyul Kang: Golden Voice

Hanbyul Kang: Golden Voice

It’s been over a year since musician Hanbyul Kang last posted a song to his YouTube channel, but his back catalog of smooth and soulful covers is too good not to share. Here’s hoping we hear more from Hanbyul down the road.

SynthAxe Demo

SynthAxe Demo

A product demo reel for a crazy 1980’s musical instrument which combined a guitar with a MIDI synthesizer controller, which was basically the exact opposite of the Keytar. Why this thing never took off, we’ll never know.

Electric Moonlight Sonata

Electric Moonlight Sonata

The consistently captivating Tina S shreds an insane rock rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (3rd Moverment) on her Vigier electric, her fingers flying across the strings and frets at supersonic speeds. Arrangement by Dr. Viossy.

The Rysonic Wheel

The Rysonic Wheel

Musician Pete O’Connell shows off an unusual contraption, which automatically strums the strings on his guitar for him. While flaps on the spinning wheel hit the strings on his guitar, he can focus on fretting and adding a beat with his kick drum. Plus it doesn’t just work with a guitar.

Dave, Paul, Taylor & Mary Jane

Dave, Paul, Taylor & Mary Jane

(PG-13 Language) Dave Grohl regales us with a hilarious anecdote about meeting Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, then turns in a heartfelt solo acoustic performance of the Foo Fighters’ classic Best of You during the Cannes Lions 2016 festival of creativity.

LEGO Guitar Robot

LEGO Guitar Robot

TECHNICally Possible used his smarts to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot which can fret and strum an acoustic guitar. Hear it play a cover of Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks, then check out how it all works. We anxiously await his LEGO vocalist.

Trance Bass

Trance Bass

Musician Stephen Campbell lets his fingers fly across the frets in this mesmerizing bass guitar performance of his original composition. Grab the studio recording from Soundcloud. Be sure to check out his pal Robert White’s trance guitar performance as well.

Rage Against the Shovel

Rage Against the Shovel

Musician Rob Scallon once again digs out his one-string shovel guitar and shows that it doesn’t take multiple strings or frets to rock out, as he turns in a very respectable performance of RATM’s Killing in the Name on a garden tool.

Muse: A Discography on Guitar

Muse: A Discography on Guitar

Andre Antunes shreds a finger-blistering 13-minute medley of tracks by one of today’s greatest rock bands (accompanied by the original vocals of Matt Bellamy). We dare you not to nod you head in rhythm to Hysteria, Knights of Cydonia, and Uprising.

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0 String Bass Solo

0 String Bass Solo

By all accounts, a bass guitar is pretty much useless without its strings. But that didn’t stop YouTuber Davie504 from giving it the old college try. Watch as he uses the bass’ various parts – including the buzz from its audio jack – to make some music.

Shake It Off: Guitar Remix

Shake It Off: Guitar Remix

Michael Mac turns in a great instrumental arrangement of Taylor Swift’s megahit with the vocals replaced by lead electric guitar. Check out Michael’s YouTube channel to see more of his nimble fingers in action. We especially like his Dragon Ball Super theme.

Billy Watman: Bohemian Rhapsody

Billy Watman: Bohemian Rhapsody

Guitarist Billy Watman turns in a fingerstyle rendition of Queen’s magnum opus which would be impressive if played by anyone, but it’s even more amazing that he’s just 14 years old and can play like this. More on Billy’s YouTube page. (Video by Tony Goode)

Cardboard Fender Stratocaster

Cardboard Fender Stratocaster

For their series Cardboard Chaos, the guys from Signal Snowboards teamed up with Ernest Packaging and the Fender Custom Shop to create a Stratocaster with a body made from layered cardboard. The end result is completely playable, and more durable than you’d think.

ACPAD Guitar Controller

ACPAD Guitar Controller

The ACPAD gives guitar players the ability to control MIDI or DAW-based devices without taking their hands off their instrument. The slimline controller sticks onto guitars, adding pressure-sensitive pads and sliders which let you trigger sounds, record loops, and more.

Milling a Metal Guitar

Milling a Metal Guitar

Watch in awe as this CNC cutting machine transforms hunks of solid titanium and aluminum into an intricate electric guitar. The 124 piece guitar looks identical to the real deal, though at 15 pounds, it’s about twice the weight of a Fender Stratocaster.

Pulp Beaters

Pulp Beaters

You’ll have to forgive this video that was shot on a potato enveloped in plastic wrap, then streamed over a 300 baud modem, but this old clip of a guy playing Dick Dale’s Misirlou (aka the theme from Pulp Fiction) was too priceless not to post. Skip to 0:50.

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Rockstakovich

Rockstakovich

Guitarist Connor Gallagher, whose name sounds like a mashup of characters on two Showtime series, cranks out a dynamic metal version of the musical rollercoaster ride that is Symphony No. 5. IV. Allegro non troppo by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Heavy Metal Jaws

Heavy Metal Jaws

Guitarist 331Erock’s latest metal cover comes to us courtesy of John Williams’ dramatic main theme from Jaws. We have to say the abrasive electric guitar sounds seem much more fitting of an angry great white shark than a cello does.

Amazing Guitar Harmonics

Amazing Guitar Harmonics

Guitarist Miguel Rivera turns in an incredible acoustic rendition of Michael Jackson’s classic Beat It, finessing out wondrous rhythms and crazy harmonics along the way. You can download his originals over on Bandcamp.

The Strumming Drummer

The Strumming Drummer

Musician Pensen Paletti demonstrates a nifty trick – his ability to play both his acoustic guitar and a small electronic drum controller at once, resulting in a complete one-man rhythm section. Hear another guit-drum tune here.

Sam Meador: Wake Me Up

Sam Meador: Wake Me Up

Musician Sam Meador performs an incredible rendition of Avicii’s hit Wake Me Up, as he shows off his impressive percussive guitar skills. His covers of MGMT’s Kids and The Church’s Under the Milky Way ain’t too shabby either.

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