Here at Ant Hill Music we see some pretty interesting things come our way. I was looking at training tools for warming up before a gig and came across something bizarre. I found this thing.
This crazy “guitar” is called the Shredneck. Its sole purpose is to replicate the “playing and feel” of the real thing. Only they left out the body, pickups, and more than half of the rest of the neck. The standard models have between 6-12 real rosewood frets with similar radii of the instruments available. This is available for electric and acoustic guitar, classical and 4 string bass guitar.
The tuners actually work as compared to other string warm up devices. I guess you could spend time tuning this thing to practice. Apparently many artists have endorsed this product. I won’t name names, but some very talented musicians out there like this thing.
So the question is WHY? Why bring another gimmicky warm up tool? I understand it’s for touring and small places, but dude really? At least put some actual useful hardware. Oh wait…they did. At least these are mini instruments with working hardware.
The reality is it could be a useful tool for warming up. However I still think warming up is important on your actual instrument and is more beneficial. The reasons are surprisingly simple enough but never cross our minds until we grab our guitar and we find the following has happened…right as we go on stage:
- What if your guitar is out of tune?
- What if the action is off? (too high or too low)
- What if one of jacks/knobs aren’t holding tight? (wiggle room in knobs, ¼ inch nut is lost)
- What if your string broke and now you forgot to change it?
- What if its really cold/hot out and your instrument has not acclimated to temperature yet? (see reason 1)
These are things you should be considering while warming up on your axe. I know as it has happened to me and many other performing musicians. If any of these things do occur, you can be ready to make the needed changes right then and there, and not in front of your audience sucking. While warming up is important on a tool like this, warming up on your guitar can prevent you from performance failures altogether. I will be putting together a list and do’s and don’ts for touring later. But for now…practice, practice, practice…on your own guitar that is.