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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)

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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.

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.

Get Lucky 10 Ways

Get Lucky 10 Ways

Musician Andre Antunes shows off his skills while demonstrating the distinctive playing styles of 10 iconic guitarists, performing a cover version of Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky with each axe man’s individual flair.

Metalhead Girl

Metalhead Girl

Meliani Siti Sumartini (aka “Mel”) may be just 15 years old, but she proves that rocking out has no age, gender or cultural boundaries, as she shreds with the best of them on her electric guitar. Hit up her YouTube channel for more headbanging.

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Comfortably Numb Solo Cover

Comfortably Numb Solo Cover

We’ve featured 15-year-old electric guitar prodigy Tina S. shredding licks before, but this rendition of the solo from Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb is downright brilliant. If we had a band, we’d want Tina as our lead guitarist.

Heavy Metal Maniac

Heavy Metal Maniac

NeoGeofanatic shreds a rockin’ new version of Michael Sembello’s cheesetastic classic Maniac from the 1983 film Flashdance. We’re picturing Jennifer Beals welding and pouring a huge bucket of water over herself – not at the same time.

Blade Runner: Effects Pedal Cover

Blade Runner: Effects Pedal Cover

Musician Bill Ruppert demonstrates how to reproduce Vangelis’ epic theme music from Blade Runner using nothing more than an electric guitar and Electro-Harmonix‘ effect pedals. It’s the kettledrum part that really gets us.

Eruption Surprise

Eruption Surprise

Guitarist John Denner shreds an impressive cover of Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption solo, but what’s truly impressive is what you’ll see about 25 seconds into the video. Watch, and you’ll be amazed too. More here.

GoPro Slide Guitar

GoPro Slide Guitar

Country rocker Brad Paisley was playing a gig when he grabbed an audience member’s GoPro camera and gave them some unforgettable footage, using the camera itself as a slide for his guitar solo. It’s a shame the audio is so crappy.

The Showhawk Duo

The Showhawk Duo

Three live tracks by this UK acoustic guitar duo starts off with Sandstorm by Darude, then moves on to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and wraps with Dick Dale’s rapid-fire theme from Pulp Fiction. Their Daft Punk tribute is sublime.

Scarified: 8-Year-Old Cover

Scarified: 8-Year-Old Cover

Face it. This little Japanese girl can play the guitar better than you or I can. Watch in awe as Li-sa-X shreds a cover version of Racer X’s Scarified, on an electric guitar that looks like its bigger than she is.

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Sweet Dreams: Acoustic Cover

Sweet Dreams: Acoustic Cover

A sublime acoustic guitar cover version of Eurythmics ’80s hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), performed by ortoPilot and his pals. Be sure to check out his YouTube and Spotify channels for lots of other awesome covers.

Guitar Wing

Guitar Wing

An innovative add-on for guitar and bass players, the Guitar Wing lets you wirelessly control DAWs, MIDI effects units and even synths from the edge of your instrument. It offers pads, buttons, faders and a 3-axis motion sensor.

Spider-Metal

Spider-Metal

Our Spidey-senses are tingling after listening to guitarist Eric “331Erock” Calderone spinning an epic web of Spider-Man tracks with his black axe and a little backup from his talkbox. Be sure to stick around for the big finish.

Journey of the Guitar Solo

Journey of the Guitar Solo

Mark Sidney Johnson takes us on a 50 year tour through the history of rock and roll guitar solos, playing 28 famous riffs – from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to Eddie Van Halen to Jack White. The first in CDZA’s The Instrumentals series.

Michael Jackson Guitar Percussion

Michael Jackson Guitar Percussion

Guitarist Sam Westphalen is wearing a hole in his acoustic six-string as he plays a rousing percussive rendition of Michael Jackson’s Black or White. More here. We’re particularly taken by White Wedding. Previously: U Can’t Touch This.

Shredding Vivaldi

Shredding Vivaldi

14-year-old electric guitar prodigy Tina S. returns to blow our minds and eardrums once more with a rendition of Patrick Rondat’s rock and roll tribute to Summer from Vivaldi’s classical opus The Four Seasons.

Guitar Swing Fail

Guitar Swing Fail

Keep your eye on Mason, the guitarist on the right side of the frame. He’s trying to pull off that move where you spin the guitar all the way around your body. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite seem to have nailed the technique.

Chewbacca Guitar

Chewbacca Guitar

Despite his size, Chewabacca likes to hide out in the most unlikely of places. First we found him in a cabinet door, and now he’s inside this guy’s electric guitar. Chewie, is that you?

Eruption Solo Cover

Eruption Solo Cover

Watch in awe as 14-year-old Tina S. shreds a bit of Van Halen’s Eruption on her Vigier Excalibur Custom guitar. If Eddie Van Halen ever needs a stand-in, we think she’s got him covered. (Thanks Everyone!)

Speed Guitarist

Speed Guitarist

This street musician shreds like you wouldn’t believe with a finger-blistering performance as his digits go flying across the frets and strings of his acoustic guitar. We’re impressed he doesn’t get his beard caught in the strings.

Dueling Banjos Solo

Dueling Banjos Solo

Dueling Banjos, the song made famous creepy in Deliverance, was meant to be played on two instruments, but Mark Kroos is an overachiever and plays both parts on his double-necked guitar.

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