Karoryfer Lecolds

Secret Agent Guitar

2018

Price: $39.

A guitar with personality and character. Most people sample the nicest guitar they can get their hands on, but we went for the most interesting. This is over 10000 samples of a Defil Tarantella electric guitar made in Poland in 1972, which is a lot like those cheesy old Japanese and Italian electrics of the 1960s, but even weirder. We sampled it as a 6-string, as a 12-string, in Nashville tuning, and both electrically and acoustically. This is basically the ultimate quirky indie guitar, and a terrible guitar for death metal unless you're making death metal ironically.

Key features:

  • Three articulations: pluck, hammer-on and harmonic
  • Plucks sampled with 3 velocity layers
  • All articulations sampled with 4 round robins in regular tuning, 3 round robins in Nashville tuning
  • Feedback, string brushing noise, percussive noise and release noise sounds
  • Every string sampled on every fret
  • Low E string also sampled tuned down to Eb and D
  • Three vibrato types: string-bending, violin-style and tailpiece
  • Muting control for the spy movie twang
  • Over 10000 samples, 3.76 GB extracted

There was also a matching bass manufactured at the time - the Defil Mambo. Looking for one to sample which does not have a broken or warped neck has proven difficult, but we have acquired a Defil Rytm, which has a double cutaway and different pickups, and that's probably getting sampled at some point.