'SNL' Guitarist Jared Scharff Adds "Unnecessary Shredding" to "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — 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 his latest video, posted to the interwebs July 6, Scharff adds some unnecessary shredding to "Bang Bang" by Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

"This song's got mega balls," Scharff writes. "Those vocals are ripping, and I had to jump in on the energy from them. These ladies are fierce. Another bit of genius from Max Martin.

"I'm playing my 1994 American Standard Black Strat into a Homebrew Electronics Germania pedal into an Orange Rockaverb head."


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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.