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 We are now selling the 1995 Linda Manzer "Pikasso".  This is the only other one she has built after Pat Metheny's.  There are plenty of youtube videos of Pat playing his. The strings vibrate with unbelievable sonority and sympathy with the other sets of strings.  A real wonder.  Here's what Linda has to say about this guitar- Origin

In 1984 Pat Metheny asked me to design and build a guitar with “as many strings as possible.” The resulting collaboration was the Pikasso guitar. In 1992 I was asked by the late Scott Chinery to build a strictly acoustic version of Metheny’s Pikasso. Thus, Pikasso II. This second Pikasso was recently on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a show called “Dangerous Curves”.


Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, German Spruce top, Mahogany Necks, Ebony fingerboards, bridges and face plates, Pau abalone decorative trim Boxwood, Rosewood, Abalone Rosette Brass insets for mounting on stand.

Special features

Four necks. Two sound holes. Two access doors; one on the upper player’s side and one at the tail block (based on a panel door design by the brilliant -Abraham Wechter).

 is a special feature I designed specifically for this instrument. The body is tapered so that the side closest to the player is thinner than the side that rests on the players knee, thus leaning the top back towards the player for a more aerial view. This is also more comfortable under the player’s arm. This feature is available as an option on all my flattop guitars.   Two mounting holes on the treble side (knee side) are such that the guitar can be mounted on internal brass insets attaching to a stand, leaving hands free for playing or viewing. Brass side bridges were made by Linda and machinist Bruce West.

This instrument took 2 years to build (approximately 1000 hours), and when the 42 strings are tuned to concert pitch, the Pikasso is under approximately 1000 lbs pressure. It weighs 6.7 kg (14 3/4 lbs).

Hear the Pikasso on many recordings

  • Anna Maria Jopek and Pat Metheny Metheny Trio Live – “Into the Dream” 2001
  • Metheny/Jim Hall CD – “Into the Dream” – 2000
  • Metheny “Imaginary Day” CD – “Into the Dream” 2000
  • ALSO: Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman “SONG X ” (Geffen 9 24096-2) Cut: Mob Job, Pat Metheny “
  • Secret Story ” (Geffen GEFN-24468) Cuts: Finding and Believing, Rain River, As the Blossom Flowers (I will Come to You)
  • Pat Metheny with Kenny Garrett “Pursuance” Cut: “After the Rain”
  • PMG Netcast:

   Linda has stated that she will not build another!

Any more questions just give us a call!
        Buzzy Levine
Larkstreet Music
479 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666
tel. 201-287-1959
fax 201-287-1957
Regular Hours:
Monday- Wednesday 10-6:00
Thursdays 10-7:00
Fridays 10-3
    OPEN SUNDAY Noon-5

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Listed3 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.Learn more
  • Pikasso
  • 1995
Made In
  • Canada

Lark Street Music

Teaneck, NJ, United States
Joined Reverb:2017

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