World Record

Local musician has axe to grind, aiming to break Guinness Record for longest guitar solo

Local musician has axe to grind, aiming to break Guinness Record for longest guitar solo

What's the longest guitar solo you can think of? Zeppelin? Hendrix? Iron Butterfly? Maybe Jimmy Satriani or Slash?

While their sweet axes wail so pretty, none of the guitar masters ever stretched their solos out over a day. But Austin area musician David Didonato is going to show them all what a little perseverence and ten tireless fingers can do.

At this moment, the music instructor and guitarist of the band Modok is in the middle of his bid for the Guinness book of World Records streak for the longest guitar solo of all time. The current record is set at 24 hours and 18 minutes, so he's going to hold out for... longer than that.

Didonato began playing at 7 p.m. Sunday night at Red 7, which stayed open until 2 a.m. when all the not-crazy people went to bed. But the determined Didonato kept on jamming and strumming and wailing and picking all through the night, with only 5 minute breaks for switching guitars and attending personal needs.

He's there right now, still going strong. To prove it, you can watch him on the live feed set up on Badass Digest's website.

If you'd like to see a World Record in the making, Red 7 is opening their doors to the public again at noon on Monday. Spectators are welcome to stay and watch and support Didonato for $1.00 per hour.

We'll keep you updated when record-setting time hits. In the meanwhile, give it up for the musicians in Austin who will literally forego sleep and personal hygiene on a regular basis to get their names out there. That's dedication.