Each week Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new music gear that's coming out these days. Last Saturday it was the the Chiclet DSP Music Box, this week it's the triple neck guitar:
As a protest against the boring black boxes on display at the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention in San
Francisco this weekend, I'm looking at the ultimate example of dumb-ass rock gear excess this week: The Triple Neck
Like spandex trousers, custom-painted Lear jets and decaying nostrils, Twin-neck guitars are a rock essential. The idea is that you have, for example, a 12-string guitar for the folky bits, then a 6-string for the solo (If you're playing 'Stairway to Heaven').
But in rock, there's always someone wanting to go one further. And triple-necks aren't new. In 1954 Semie Mosely built a triple neck guitar in his garage (two guitar necks, one mandolin). Semie later founded Mosrite Guitars, favoured by the Ramones and Kurt Cobain, who were both disappointingly fond of the single-necked instrument.