Electric musical saw


Make pal Mad Maxine sent me this video of musician T.J. Hill playing his electric musical saw – a 26″ Stanley hand saw with a contact mic, run through his guitar effects and amped to 11, I believe.

4 thoughts on “Electric musical saw

  1. Michelle says:

    He should go to the NYC Musical Saw Festival:

  2. Selfsilent says:

    Sounds good, you can also play these with a proper violin bow so you don’t get the knocking sound when you hit it.

    I reckon the American national anthem would sound good on it, almost Hendrix style.

    For anyone else who wishes to play a saw, you can do it acoustically too but to get any noise from it you have to keep it bent in an “S” shape. The angles at each end change the note of the saw as you play it.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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