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"There was a diagonal break from the nut to the back of the neck. Peters said this made the instrument structurally unstable and was the main reason EPE asked the MIM to perform guitar surgery. Other big issues included several open splits on the guitarуs top and sides. Additionally, the pickguard had curled up around its edges because of the adhesive used during a previous repair, which was also partially smeared over the pickguard. While all these repairs were done to restore the guitar to prime-time working condition, Peters and the MIM did leave the wear-and-tear marks and dings on the guitarуs back. She felt this was appropriate because the marks retain some of the guitarуs character and charm, especially since they are a direct result of Elvisу onstage showmanship and his у70s garb, which usually included large, rhinestone-encrusted belts. The other area of wear that was left intact is the back of the neck near the headstock. The exposed wood there came as a result of Presleyуs guitar strap repeatedly slipping down the neck during performances and rubbing away the finish. "

Iriondo has been a member of the Italian alt-rock outfit Afterhours since 1992. Here he’s playing a custom Epiphone SG Custom at an Afterhours show in 2015.

Photo by Emanuela Bonetti

The Italian maestro talks about the spiritual inspiration he draws from his Basque roots, as well as channeling his endless guitar-tinkering passions into his latest musical project, Buñuel.

Italian guitarist and sonic adventurer Xabier Iriondo has an affinity for the Basque term, metak—which literally means, “pile”—and he often incorporates it into the names of his various projects. His custom-built experimental guitar is the Mahai Metak (or “table pile”). Some of his unconventional musical collaborations also include the term, as in PhonoMetak and PhonoMetak Labs. And Sound Metak was the name of the eclectic shop he ran for about a decade in the early 2000s, which sold everything from boutique guitar pedals to shoes. (Check out his Instagram profile, which, in addition to pictures of his amazing collection of guitars, pedals, and vintage amps, is also a showcase for his impeccable taste in footwear).

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