janet feder

A free-thinking experimental guitarist talks about creating surprising sounds with her baritone guitars, sans stompboxes, on her adventurous new album, THISCLOSE.

The discovery of prepared guitar was a “peanut-butter-and-chocolate moment” for Denver-based experimentalist Janet Feder, shown here with her custom nylon string baritone. Photo by Michael McGrath/McGphotos

Denver-based guitarist Janet Feder isn’t interested in fitting in. The 56-year-old plays baritone guitars exclusively, often using alternate tunings, and she further distinguishes herself by utilizing “prepared” guitars adorned with various objects on her strings (like metal rulers, beads, thread, horsehair, and rocks), producing sounds that are by turns soothing and disorienting, lush and discordant.

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