Most of us wouldn’t think of smashing one of our prized guitars on stage – although that would no doubt make for a memorable moment at your next wedding gig. The intense antic of destroying guitars on stage has become almost synonymous with Rock n Roll. A Scandinavian engineering company called Sandvik claims to have built the world’s first indestructible guitar. To demonstrate this technical feat, they partnered with famous guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen.
The guitar came to be through a collaborative project
between Sandvik and famous guitar designer, Andy Holt of Drewman Guitars. The
entire body of the guitar was 3D printed out of titanium, while the fretboard
and neck were forged out of a solid block of recycled stainless steel.
Andy Holt can be quoted on the greatness of the guitar as he
said, “We’ve had to innovate from the top down. There’s not a single part of
this guitar that has been made before. It’s a piece of art.”
Usually the weakest spot of a guitar is the point where the
neck meets the body. Sandvik overcame this by milling the main center of the
body and the neck as one piece. The guitar after being built, was then put to
the test at the hands of the Swedish neo-classical guitarist, Ygnwie Malmsteen
who proceeded to smash it with everything he had; with 30 years of
guitar-smashing experience under his belt. He commented, “I gave everything I
had but it was impossible to smash. This guitar is a beast! Sandvik is
obviously on top of their game. They put the work in, they do their hours, I
can relate to that… The result is amazing.”
Sandvik boasts of their guitar’s durability by saying that
you could use it as a hammer and you still wouldn’t budge a screw. Check out
Yngwie’s video of smashing the guitar below:
Here’s an excerpt:
When I first heard of this new innovative guitar pick from Bog Street I was instantly skeptical. I have spent years trying different picks. Early on it was apparent to me the pick itself was an extremely important part of my sound. For the past 10+/- years I’ve been very set on my picks after trying nearly everything on the market. It was exciting to hear that Bog Street was launching a Kickstarter campaign for their LEAP Series picks and wanted to send us some demo samples to check out as I’ve always loved the pick testing process.
After thorough testing, I can honestly say these are great picks. Next time I’m in the studio laying down tracks looking for different textures I’ll be quick to grab the Leap pick and see what it can do for me.
These picks are three-sided and have an ergonomic grip area. They come in “Rhythm” and “Lead” thicknesses. Each one of the three sides has a different shape and thickness. This creates different sounds on the strings. It’s a great tool for somebody that is looking for multiple sounds, especially in one pick. The Leap series picks performed equally well on acoustic and electric guitars and produced pleasing useful string attacks.
Each one of the sides produced very distinctive sounds. The tip with the open circle is the shape of your standard guitar pick. The black filled circle tip is very similar to my beloved jazz III’s shape. Personally, I use red nylon jazz III picks when I’m playing my electrics. Nylon has long been my favorite material for the electric. The Goldilocks material to me: not too bright, not too dark, just right. It was great to hear that Bog Street chose to use nylon for these picks. When I’m not playing finger-style on my acoustic I like the brighter sounding Ultex material that Dunlop makes. The Leap picks sound great on the acoustic producing a beautiful bright attack when compared to the Ultex.
Leap series picks are extremely easy to hang onto thanks to the center grip surface being well thought out. There is a concave riser with a hole in the middle that seems to lock onto your thumb with very little effort needed to hold the pick. After thorough testing, I can honestly say these are great picks. Next time I’m in the studio laying down tracks looking for different textures I’ll be quick to grab the Leap pick and see what it can do for me.
I know the sharp tip will be great for lead work and staccato runs. The rounded tip is going to be for rhythm and chord work. You might find entirely different uses for this pick but I’m sure you will find it useful. It may produce the sound you like or maybe you like it because it’s easy to hold? They have currently finalized their designs, tooled up and have produced a run of demo picks.