Glockenskull Guitar

Glockenskull Guitar

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The final stage of evolution of Soviet guitars, this Styeua-R was made in Rostov in 1989. We had the opportunity to borrow it for a few days, so instead of sampling every normal technique such as hammer-ons and harmonics, and sampling every note on every fret, we did things like hit the strings with a pencil and record three different kinds of muting. Though it's got more in common with guitars made in the rest of the world in the 60s, somehow this late 80s guitar works really well for early 80s postpunk sounds.

Walkthrough video below. Please see the Media section to the left for demo tracks.

The guitar has four pickups, so of course we recorded the signal of all four pickups on at once. Some techniques are also recorded with a microphone. Every sound has at least two round robins, and the ordinary plucking and foam mute samples have four round robins and four velocity layers. The harder velocity layers have some noise and buzz, too.

Over 5100 samples, 2 GB.

  • Ordinary picking
  • Three types of muting: staccato, ghost notes, and foam mute
  • Playing behind the bridge
  • Noises: fingering noises, pick stabs, playing behind the nut, various incidental noises
  • Pencil hits, pencil bounces, stick hits, stick bounces and bottle drags
  • Accurate emulation of the tremolo tailpiece's effect on pitch
  • Three different types of vibrato, plus humanization
  • Feedback
  • Doubletracking mode
  • Attack and release time controls for pads