42 strings

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

There is an adage in art that you have to know when to stop working on a piece -- when one more brush stroke is one too many for a painting. That adage came to mind when I saw a picture of a stringed instrument called the Pikasso.

The Pkasso, so named because it looks like a Picasso painting, has 4 necks, 2 sound holes and 42 strings. It was built for the jazz musician Pat Methany. You can hear it being played in the video below. Frankly, the scattered sound from Pat feeling the need to twang on every string pretty much validates the old art adage.