Is it A Monster Or An Instrument, Triple Neck Guitar?

“My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who i am.” Joan Jett

Believing on this saying, In 1954 Semie Mosely built a first triple neck guitar in his garage (two guitar necks, one mandolin) to capture his inner emotions in their exact shape. Later on Semie founded Mosrite Guitars and made himself a triple neck guitar with a 6 string octave neck, a standard 6 string neck and an 8 string octave neck.

The neck is the part of certain string instruments that projects from the main body and is the base of the fingerboard, where the fingers are placed to stop the strings at different pitches. The French term for neck is manche.The neck of a guitar includes the guitar’s frets, fretboard, tuners, headstock, and truss rod. The wood used to make the fretboard will usually differ from the wood in the rest of the neck.

In 1974, when Prog Rock bands started doing things like Rick Wakemans King Arthur on Ice, that time, called for excessive instruments. Ricks bass player got British bass-maker Wal to build him a three-necked guitar, which was later inherited by Chris Squier of Yes.

Chris Squire\'s Triple Neck Guitar

Chris Squire\’s Triple Neck Guitar

This guitar features a conventional four-string fretted neck, a four string fretless neck and a short scale six string neck guitar neck. It is currently displayed in Hard Rock Cafe in New York.

Steve Vai is known for playing many types of this three headed monster.

Steve Vai Playing Triple Neck Guitar

Steve Vai Playing Triple Neck Guitar

In 1993, a heart shaped, triple neck heart guitar was built by Ibanez for Steve Vai. It can be seen in the “Just like Paradise” video. It was given to the Hard Rock Café.

Triple Neck Heart Guitar

Triple Neck Heart Guitar

Following is another three necked guitar built for Steve. It has appeared on a number of magazine covers. The first neck is a 12-string, the second neck is basically a Jem guitar set-up with a whammy bar, and the third neck is a fretless. It is stored in an insanely wide guitar case that looks like the top of a black table, and is safely stowed in Steve’s home.

Steve Vai\'s Guitar

Steve Vai\’s Guitar

Today, triple neck guitars are still rare, because they are huge, heavy and expensive. But a little-known guitar company called Galveston (which specializes in gimmicksPerspex guitars and metal guitars) has now brought the triple-neck to the masses, mass-producing them and importing a handful into the US.

Watch this three headed monster being pampered under skillful hands of Steve Vai

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