Rotating Necked Guitar Looks Difficult To Play

Have you ever looked at a guitar and thought “Nah, that’s way too easy to play.”[Mattias Kranz] seems to have done, so he built the 360 Guitar, a new instrument with a circular, rotating neck. The rotating neck means that it can have more strings than most: we think that it has sixteen, but it’s hard to tell. Anyway, it has a lot of strings and looks utterly impractical, which makes it an exciting project.

The basic idea is intriguing: take a conventional guitar design and replace the fretboard with a rotating pillar. Perhaps even stick a motor in there to rotate it on command. Each of the strings is mounted along this pillar using standard string retainers and tuning pegs, with frets along the pillar. Because you can fit so many strings, you can use all of the standard strings for a bass and treble guitar, plus a few extra like the thickest bass string available and the thinnest guitar strings. It’s like a four-dimensional Chapman Stick.

[Mathias] is still working on the project as you can see in the video below the break, so we will be interested to see what new design aspects he comes up with, like the plan to use a motor to rotate the neck. [Mattias] has built a few instruments that we have featured before, like the Helium guitar, which replaces the resonant cavity with a helium balloon, and the Plasma Piano, a combination of piano and tuned plasma coil.

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        1. He wasn’t “cleared.” The Berlin district attorney (not the police) stopped the proceedings. Some of the people who made accusations in public did not present those accusations to the DA’s office – their statements in public don’t count as evidence, the statements have to be made to the DA. Of those who did make statements to the DA, the DA determined that the statements were not sufficient evidence to certain of obtaining a conviction.

          Lindemann isn’t “cleared.” The DA is simply not pursuing the case at the moment. That might be because Lindemann is innocent, and it might be because the Berlin DA would prefer to wait for better evidence before putting it before the court.

          I certainly don’t know where the truth is. Lindemann and Rammstein might be really cool dudes – and they might be really scuzzy rapists.

          The DA seems to feel that the evidence isn’t sufficient to decide.

          English translation via Google Translate:

          1. That’s as close to ‘cleared’ as DAs ever come.
            Exceptions are very, very rare.

            Accusers are likely judgement proof.

            DAs love to bankrupt people they know they can’t convict.
            If they didn’t bring charges, they didn’t expect a positive outcome in the press.

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