YouTuber builds ‘neckless guitar’ and it’s just as silly as it sounds

Headless guitars, neckless guitars… what next, bodyless guitars?

Screencap from Bernth's video showing him playing the black Strat model. He's holding the headstock to pull the strings.

Image: BERNTH on YouTube

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YouTube content creator, Bernth Brodträger, has just created possibly the weirdest guitar build ever, and well, it’s exactly as silly as you’d expect.

In his new video, Bernth saws the neck off an S-style Ibanez model to create a neckless guitar, which he then claims to ‘play’ a whole song with (and handily, it’s even available to stream on Spotify).

Some of Bernth’s previous experiments include drilling dozens of holes into an acoustic, using dental floss or rubber bands as strings, putting fireworks inside his guitar, and even playing with an amp submerged underwater.

But in an era of headless guitars, could neckless ones be far off? In the video, he unscrews the neck from his Ibanez model and saws off the headstock, before restringing the model to play without the vital fretboard.

He claims to have composed an entire song with it, aptly named Levitate, which he then claims he ‘plays’ throughout the video. Bernth has to hold the headstock out in the usual position himself to get any kind of string tension [though still surely nowhere near enough to actually make the guitar make any noise – Ed]

In the video he writes, “By pulling the headstock, I can manipulate the pitches. I can even simulate extreme vibrato by shaking it!” We’d be interested to hear that sound without all the production on it, but of course there’s not any evidence that he’s actually using this ‘neckless’ guitar to make any of the sounds on the track.

As it continues he later adds, “When I make the strings touch the guitar body, I can go for even higher pitches than with just pulling. I never thought I could actually play a solo on this thing but using the crazy, whammy-like bends actually worked!”

Though he admits the crazy build was worth it for a bit of fun, he does say his left shoulder eventually begins to hurt. A shameless publicity stunt to drive people to listen to his music on Spotify? Surely not…

Check it out below:

You can stream Levitate here:

To see more from Bernth, head to his official YouTube channel.

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