Greta Van Fleet's Jake Kiszka cut off the tip of his brother Sam's thumb when they were kids – now it's perfect for bass playing

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In Greta Van Fleet, one of the world's biggest classic rock revival bands, the bond between brothers Jake and Sam Kiszka is palpable. But their relationship hasn't been without its hiccups over the years.

As they recall in a new interview with The SDR Show, when they were young kids – Jake nine and Sam six – Jake accidentally lopped off the tip of Sam's thumb while they played in the backyard.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.