Fancy a challenge? Try playing this 17-string electric guitar

Remember how much fuss the internet made when Ibanez put out a nine-string electric guitar? Well, multiply that by 1.8-recurring because a seventeen-string guitar now exists.

Created by New Hampshire, USA co Olson Guitarworks, who revealed the instrument in a Facebook post (opens in new tab), the guitar is set to be delivered to YouTube sensation Jared Dines, who will doubtless use it to do something uproarious and awe-inspiring in equal measure.

Until then, all we have to go on are these grainy pics. Yet we have many questions: what’s the tuning? How do you find custom string gauges for that thing? How do you even get your hand round that neck?! All will be revealed soon…

UPDATE: Turns out Mr Dimes got scammed into buying a Chinese-built instrument… which he never got. Guess we'll never see that guitar put through its paces after all.

There's more info in the video below.

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).

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