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by Jeff Nolan, Premier Guitar

Chris Squire’s Triple-Neck Wal Bass

As ’60s gave way to ’70s and rock music sought to fulfill its full artistic promise, progressive rock was born. The undisputed kings of this scene were the English group Yes. As one of the few prog bands that actually made hit singles, Yes brought a level of musicianship to the mainstream that’s rarely been equaled. Bassist/songwriter Chris Squire was the band’s driving force and one of the most influential players ever. For someone of his ability, a regular instrument just wouldn’t do, so he picked up this insane triple-neck Wal from Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman’s pal Roger Newell. Though most players wouldn’t even know how to tune the thing, Squire regularly wrestled the beast into artful submission. The middle neck is a standard fretted 4-string, the lower neck is fretless, and the top neck was originally intended to be like a Telecaster, but Chris strung it with three octave pairs. It’s currently on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bucharest, Romania.

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