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Double neck guitars

I saw some of Tom Petty doing the SuperBowl entertainment. Now, as should be obvious, I'm not into any forms of pop music or whatever it is called so seeing his guitar player with a two necked guitar surprised me since I've never seen such an instrument and I'm not sure of what is the point - I guess sometimes one neck has frets and the other doesn't.

There are some early instruments such as the arch lute which has what could be considered the end of a second neck protruding from the first for a second set of strings, but there is still just one finger board. Now that I think about it I might have seen a medieval instrument with two necks somewhere.

To me, the performance seemed to be all glitter and no art. From the distance the lighting and special effects were nice; a bit like a fireworks show with a different kind of noise. And the guitar-styled stage was clever. But the song I heard was dull. Once again I wonder about the crowd of fans surrounding the stand. Do they rehearse? Are there costume standards? Do they get to see the game?

The whole thing was pretty dull to me. Bring back the good old wardrobe malfunction?

Oh, and the ads were pretty stupid and unconvincing. And why would so many people go look at the web sites of advertisers during or right after the ad is shown? Of course I am not part of the target audience and don't care a bit about any of the products - I wouldn't touch any kind of Budwieser or vitamin-power-water (in the interests of full disclosure GoDaddy is my domain registrar). I think there is so much hype about the specialness of SuperBowl ads that the makers outdo themselves to a point of absurdity.

The game itself was pretty exciting and brutal although there were no serious injuries other than to the psyches of a lot of people. But why would someone pay $2000 or more for a ticket?

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My guess is that both guitar necks had frets; fretless six-string guitars are fairly rare, in my experience. Sometimes a dual-neck guitar like that is set up with a six-string guitar on one neck and a four-string bass on the other. But you can have different six-string guitars, and for pretty much the reasons anyone would have different guitars: different string gauges, different windings, different electrical pickups, or different tunings, in the service of allowing for different timbres or harmonic possibilities. And then you have the ability to switch mid-song ... perhaps one neck for verses, one neck for choruses.

Don't know which song you heard; Petty is a dependable pop craftsman who writes in what has become a traditional vein, with influences in the Byrds, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and those who influenced them further back. I found the performance somewhat lackluster myself ... more glitter might have been nice, from the musicians rather than from the stage show. Those songs are very familiar to them now, the newest is probably on the order of 18 or 19 years old, and from what I recall, Petty has been feeling rather detached from the music business of late. I'm guessing they brought him in as a dependable crowd pleaser and offered him enough money to make it worth his while, but it did feel somewhat mechanical.

The one thing I was hoping for is that he *would* throw in something like a wardrobe malfunction. Despite the mainstream-friendly quality of his songs, he's always been just a bit of a maverick and rabble-rouser, particularly with respect to the industry ... when the industry was considering raising the price of LPs from 7.99 to 9.99, he famously threatened to title his next album "The $8.99 Album" in protest--which apparently pissed off some bigwigs rather badly. It was eventually released as "Hard Promises" for $8.99.

But he kept himself reined in, I thought.

The only Tom Petty song I like is Learning To Fly, which I thought for the longest time was performed by the Traveling Wilburys :) IMHO, Free Falling is his WORST!

Not a bad approximation at curmudgeonliness, but you've got a long way to go. Keep practicing.

The fans for the halftime show do not get to watch the game. They spend about 3 hours in an underground tunnel before halftime, which is why they're so enthusiastic to run out on the field.

I didn't see the performance in question, but I think that most double-necked guitars give you a combination six-string and twelve-string instrument. I once saw Muriel Anderson playing a double-necked "harp guitar" where the second neck added open bass strings, though.

That harp guitar makes sense because of the radical difference between the two kinds of instrument on one body..

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