Check out the new video footage of Yuri and Thurston chatting about the instrument’s unusual design, then watch Moore test the guitar at a gig the same night.

Dutch avant-garde luthier Yuri Landman finally matched busy schedules with former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore to deliver the DIY drone guitar we detailed back in April. Check out the new video footage of Yuri and Thurston chatting about the instrument’s unusual design, then watch Moore test the guitar at a gig the same night.

And now that you've seen the guitar in action by the hands of its muse, Thurston Moore, read about the project from luthier Yuri Landman right here.


Dutch experimental builder Yuri Landman creates a microtonal avant-rock playground for the former Sonic Youth axeman.

Perhaps it’s best if I start this article with a confession: I’m mostly known for being “the guy who built guitars for Sonic Youth.” Actually, I only built one guitar for one member of SY—Lee Ranaldo. Even so, I will probably live with this “stigma” for the rest of my life. Not that this worries me—it could be much worse. Here’s the story of how it happened.

(Be sure to check out the video of Dutch avant-garde luthier Yuri Landman delivering the DIY drone guitar he built for former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore. Bonus: see and hear Thurston demo this bad boy. Watch it all here.)

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Experimental luthier Yuri Landman shows us how to turn a cheap axe into a raging sonic ghost ship with just a handful of parts and a generous helping of reckless abandon.

I’m thrilled to do this project for Premier Guitar—I’m always happy to destroy a guitar for a good cause! But first, I would like to explain why you’d want to modify a guitar like this in the first place. I’ve played on prepared guitars for more than 10 years, and they work great in a studio environment. But onstage it’s a nightmare when you try to recreate the sounds you recorded—they’re never the same. In 2001, I started building instruments of my own design in order to solve the inaccuracies of instant preparations. This has evolved over the last 12 years, and at this point I have created 40 or 50 different types of stringed instruments. For this project, I’m using ideas from some of my earlier designs, and I’m doing it in such a way that anybody who is a bit handy with tools can do the same thing with a guitar of their choosing.

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