Manzer Pikasso I

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  • acoustic guitars

Dates of manufacture: 

1984

The Pikasso I, is a custom-made instrument created for Pat Methney by Linda Manzer. It has 42-strings and three necks. Its name is inspired by the paintings of Pablo Picasso, where multiple views of objects overlap simultaneously in the cubist style.

It can be heard on Methney's recording of "Into the Dream" and on the albums Quartet, Imaginary Day, Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, Trio->Live, and Metheny Mehldau Quartet, his 2007 second collaboration with pianist Brad Mehldau. The guitar can also be seen on the Speaking of Now Live and Imaginary Day DVDs.

The Pikasso has a rosewood back and sides with a solid spruce top. It's necks are mahogany with ebony fingerboards. Bridges, and face plates are also ebony. Pau abalone decorative trim Boxwood, Rosewood, Abalone Rosette Brass insets for mounting on stand

The body is tapered so that the top side of the guitar is thinner than the side that rests on the players leg, this leans the top back towards the player for a better view of the strings. This is an innovation that Linda Manzer includes on her other acoustics.

This guitar has a piezo pickup system, including a hexaphonic pickup on the 6 string section that allowed Metheny to access his Syclavier computersystem to trigger sampled sounds. Two mounting holes on the underneath allow the guitar to be mounted on a stand, leaving hands free for playing or viewing. The brass side bridges were made by guitar maker and machinist Bruce West.

Linda Manzer says this guitar took 2 years to build, and when the 42 strings are strung up to high tension, the Pikasso is under approximately 1000 pounds of pressure.

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