Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Ornette Coleman and even David Bowie,proving he has mastered a diverse playing style.Metheny mainly writes for solo guitar but has written for arange of musical collections including: small ensemble, electric andacoustic instruments, large orchestras, even ballets pieces, swiftlymoving thoughout the jazz, rock and classical genres.Metheny has a very synthesized sound and was thought to beone of the first musicians to take the guitar synthesizer seriously.He has many custom guitars including:
Fretless classical guitar – this particular guitar was made byLinda Manzer especially for Metheny. Due to the fact the fretlesshas nylon strings, some resonation and sustain issues arose, soManzer had the idea to make the guitar with a cello-like bridge. The guitar has a very unique tone and natural bluesiness,allowing Metheny to sound semitones, creating a ‘slide guitar’sound. Metheny uses it in the opening of the Imaginary daytrack.
Forty-two string “Pikasso” guitar – used at the beginning of “
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Ibanez PM-100 jazz guitar – which was also used on the album.
Vg-8 – Most people will mistake Metheny to play a guitarsynthesizer whereas it is in fact a special kind of guitar pick-up