Four necks. Two sound holes. 42 strings.
Two access doors; one on the upper player's side and one at the
Created by luthier Linda Manzer for guitarist Pat Metheny, the
instrument took 2 years to build (approximately 1000 hours), and
when the 42 strings are strung up to high tension, the Pikasso is
under approximately 1000 lbs pressure. It weighs 6.7 kg or 14 3/4
The body is tapered so that the side closest to the player is thinner
than the side that rests on the players knee, thus leaning the top
back towards the player for a more aerial view. This is also more
comfortable under the player's arm.
The instrument is outfitted with a
complete state of the art piezo pickup system. (Designed and installed
by Mark Herbert, Boston)
This included a hexaphonic pickup on the
6 string section that allowed Metheny to access his Syclavier computer
system thus triggering any sound including sampled sounds.
holes on the treble side (knee side) so that the guitar can be mounted
on internal brass insets attaching to a stand, leaving hands free
for playing or viewing.
Visit Linda Manzer's website at www.manzer.com
for more information on her quality custom guitars.