Marty Friedman’s Childhood Failure to Make an Acoustic Sound Like Sabbath

I don’t know if you still remember when Metal Injection interviewed Marty Friedman and then we shot some sweet ass video of his live performance there? Maybe you got a tattoo to relive the moment whenever you flex your abs? Good times.


Well we also briefly asked him to tell us about the first instrument he ever owned, and the response was pretty funny. Same thing happened to me, actually. I owned a bass amp, and had no idea what a distortion pedal or channel was. I thought I was just playing it wrong.


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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • I was basically in the same boat. I got one of those plastic toy electric guitars, so the action sucked and it didn’t stay in tune very well, but it was still basically playable as an electric guitar. But the amp it came with was super clean, and I wanted to sound like Nirvana or Judas Priest, so I never played it. When I asked my parents for a guitar a few years later, they gave me shit, “you never played the one you had!” YEAH MOM BUT IT’S DIFFERENT NOW *pouts*

  • if you look up dumb ass in the dictionary you will find a picture of marty friedman

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