Jan Laurenz Plays BearTrax Alpen Tap Guitar — Video

Today we bring you another totally-not-new video!

However, it wound up in our inbox over the crazy-long holiday break, and we thought we'd share it anyway.

It's a clip of a guitarist named Jan Laurenz performing a piece he identifies merely as an "old folk song." The catch, I suppose, is that he's playing it on a custom-made BearTrax tap guitar.

This is a 12-string, semi-solid Alpen model; you'll notice its 12 strings are spaced as they'd be spaced on a six-string guitar, so it has an ultra-wide neck. You'll also notice that Laurenz frets—but doesn't pluck—the melody line on the bottom six strings, while plucking the top six strings (he also taps on the top six strings mid-way through the performance).

For more about Laurenz, follow him on YouTube. For more about this guitar, including several more photos and specs, head here. And no, I don't know Laurenz or the guys at BearTrax Guitars; I just think it's cool!

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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.