The Prepared Electric Guitar

The prepared electric guitar

A couple weeks ago I purchased my favorite prepared guitar device – round split shot sinkers – i.e. fishing weights! These work out nice because they are easy to use, removable, and provide sufficient weight to unmistakeably modulate the vibration of the string.

Here is an mp3 of an improvisation done with strings 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 prepared (see photo) and string 6 left normal. MP3 of the prepared guitar improvisation

The Prepared Electric Guitar

The improvisation is not the most impressive piece of music but it does serve as a demonstration of this modification. The tuning is a hybrid of 12 EDO and ring modulated alternate tuning pitches – and I don’t know what the other pitches are at this point.

2 Responses to “The Prepared Electric Guitar”

  1. Mark Rankin says:


    I just now listened to your electric guitar with the lead fishing weights on five of the strings – interesting!

    I also watched the colorful video clip accompanying the electric guitar. Can you tell me where that colorful video clip comes from?


    — Mark Rankin

  2. admin says:

    Hi Mark, thanks for the listen and comment!

    If you mean the jazz improvisation video I made that myself with our portrait camera and then added effects in Sony Vegas.

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