'SNL' Guitarist Jared Scharff Adds "Unnecessary Shredding" to Disclosure/Sam Smith's "Latch" — Video

Saturday Night Live guitaristJared Scharff has a new web series called Unnecessary Shredding.

In it, Scharff adds lots and lots of tasteful shredding to songs that are devoid of shredding—if not devoid of guitars, period.

In the series' newest video, posted to the interwebs July 14, Scharff adds some unnecessary shredding to "Latch" by Disclosure and Sam Smith.

"When Sam Smith debuted on SNL two seasons back, I was mesmerized by his voice and talent," Scharff says. "I love how sparse this song is, and hearing Sam Smith's voice on top of it is such a cool combo.

"I'm playing an extremely rare, one-off, blue Fano Retrosphear, the only color that was different then Fano's original silver metal motif. I'm using an old DigiTech Whammy/Wah through an Orange Rockerverb head."


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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.