Multi Guitar Instrument Magic

Bass Guitar Mandolin Banjo Violin 5 Neck

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Guitars Cross-bred With Other Species

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Pop quiz, everyone. What’s awesome about the guitar? The answer? Everything. However there is one limitation to a regular old guitar. You can only play a guitar. Now that is a limitation that must be corrected and thanks to some people with the right kind of ingenuity we’ve been seeing instruments of all sorts attached to the body of a guitar in an attempt to hone the somber, sensual sounds of any such instrument that can be safely attached.

Mandolin Guitars

Fact. Mandolins are awesome. Guitars are also awesome. If only there were a way we could merge the two into one entity of super-awesome. Oh wait! You can! Thankfully someone out there had the insight to consider how brilliant of an idea this was.

Mervyn Davis Double Mandolin Guitar
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This one was built by Mervyn Davis who has been building instruments since he was but a wee lad using more or less whatever was at his disposal. He’s been in business since the 70s and has established a career in very innovative instrument designs.


Stephen Sedgwick Mandolin Guitar
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This hybrid was built by Stephen Sedgwick. Another luthier who had started building at a very young age, he had built this one out of the necessity being a guitarist and a mandolinist himself. It’s a spruce and maple bodied instrument with mahogany for the necks, koa and ebony for the trim and fretboards, and Gotoh tuners.


Grady Martin Electric Mandolin Guitar
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The one we have here was a custom built mandolin-guitar made for Grady Martin. The guitar is a regular 6-stringer, but the mandolin is built for only 5 strings. It’s also built with a Bigsby tremolo.


Guitar Basses

Guitars and basses are both incredible instruments, but honestly to me they seem a bit peculiar to have on the same body. That of course isn’t to say that that’s an excuse not to put them together.

Rickenbacker 4080 Bass Guitar Double
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Here we have a Rickenbacker 4080 guitar-bass. It was part of a very limited line of produced multi-neck instruments Rickenbacker produced way back in the 70s. The one pictured has modified electronics to turn the necks on and off and belongs to the bassist of Lord Only.


Nylon Guitar Double Bass
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The double neck guitar-bass here features two 6-string instruments in one. The guitar is a nylon string classical guitar with a 6 string acoustic bass attached which is built to be one octave lower than the guitar.

Harp Guitars

Am I per chance the only person whose ever claimed there needs to be more harpists in the world? Seems like the only way to make up for that is to attach one to a guitar and force guitarists to become harpists as well.

Bohmann Harp Guitar circa 1900s
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Pictured above is the Bohmann harp guitar and it was built in the early 1900s. In that generation it was fairly common for several companies still around today like Gibson and Martin to build harp guitars.


Stephen Segwick Harp Guitar
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Another by Steve Sedgwick this one is titled the Broken Heart for its clever sound hole design. It’s a spruce and rosewood bodied instrument with mahogany for the neck and harp arm and supports a total of 12 strings. We’ve embedded a video below of Sedgwick as he builds a harp guitar as well. Cool stuff. You should definitely check it out.


Worland Lyra Harp Guitar
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Built by Worland Guitars the lyra harp guitar is built out of Hawaiian koa with mahogany with an ebony fretboard and trimmed with maple. It supports 24 strings total between the 6-string guitar and the two harps on both sides of the guitar.


Here we have a unique specimen. It’s an electric harp-guitar-sitar also built by Worland Guitars. Supporting 20 strings and speaking through three single coil pickups it has a 6-string guitar, a 6-string harp, and 8 sympathetic strings on the side built into a stylish V styled body. I also found a price quote while stumbling through this. You can pick one of these up for just under $2,000. Pretty reasonable considering the obscurity of such a design.


Cigar Box Harp Guitar
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This one is actually one of those notorious cigar box guitars that was turned into a harp guitar. All woods used were made out of cherry wood to accompany the cigar box itself. This particular one actually won a cigar box guitar competition.


Oud Guitar
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Have you ever found yourself sitting around thinking “you know… I wish I could play a guitar and an oud at the same time”? Have you ever even met someone that knows how to play an oud? I have, but never mind that. Methni instruments has thought ahead for oud/guitar fanatics and has crammed them both into one instrument. The guitar itself has a fretless neck and built-in MIDI controls. Acoustic oud variations are also available.


Bass Guitar Mandolin Banjo Violin 5 Neck
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This thing is seemingly a demonstration on including as many different instruments that really have no business being together on one body onto one body. And yet there it all is and it’s incredible to say the least. The five necks permit the performer to choose between a bass, a guitar, a mandolin, a banjo, and a violin, and mounted on the end is a harmonica. Owned and used by country musician Steve Puto snatched it when it just happened to show up at a local guitar shop for $400. Lucky deal.


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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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Mark O. Hammontree
10 years ago

Thanks for posting the pictures and stories behind these bizarre instruments. I found the picture of the last one with Google while looking for something else, and really liked your article about all the other instruments, too.

However, I have one little nit to pick about the title:

“Inbred” refers to the result of mating within the same family (often deformities occur).

“Interbred” refers to cross-breeding, such as mating a male donkey and a female horse to get a mule.

Although part of your article refers to the result of mating two bass guitars, most of the instruments shown are cross-breeds, so “Interbred” is a more appropriate word for the title.

J. Lippi
J. Lippi
10 years ago

Check out this super unique double neck, back to back necks…

10 years ago

What, no ukulele on that bassguimandbanviomonica?

What is this, amateur hour?

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