The guitelevision is the world’s greatest most pointless instrument

Now people can watch your guitar to watch you play guitar.


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Published Aug 14, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 9:13 am CDT

Is it a guitar? Is it a television? It’s really kind of both: a guitar that’s made out of a television, and it’s just strange enough to exist mostly on YouTube

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The man behind the invention is Cyle Ziebarth, a Grants Pass, Ore., native who plays lead guitar in the Stillwater Prophets. He’s a big Seattle sports fan who’s also into “guitars, motorcycles, video making, and absurdity.” Three of those four interests manifest themselves within the item he’s best known for: the guitelevision, a fully functioning guitar that’s also a fully functioning TV.

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The TV component’s a little misleading. Presumably, considering the collection of YouTube video’s Ziebarth has posted online, the guitelevision’s TV operates on somewhat of a closed circuit network, transmitting recordings taken right there on the spot. But it’s certainly strange. 

Ziebarth’s a big fan of surf rock, obviously, and jean jackets and mustaches. Even when he covers Nine Inch Nails, as he does below with his rendition of “Head Like a Hole,” he’s channeling Dick Dale. 

Photo via CWZvideo/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 14, 2013, 9:27 am CDT