Strange DIY “keyytar” from 1974
Forest Terry Jr. (from the “Forest Power Band) came up with one of the stranger frankenstein instruments that I’ve seen in a while, and way back in 1974 he put out an album to show it off to the world.
Forest called the Keyboard-Bass the “Keyytar” (yes, there are 2 y’s). The really interesting thing about his custom DIY instrument is that it was built years before the first real keytar, the PMS Syntar.
He even got two patents to protect his
abomination innovation. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you can read the patents here and here. Below is a picture of Terry proudly showing off one of his patents:
Although he referred to it as the “Tri-speed Moog Synthesizer Guitar”, the keyboard actually controlled an Arp Odyssey. (“Moog” was a pretty generic term referring to pretty much any synthesizer back then).
Here’s a video showing Terry playing his Keyytar in 2 songs of his, “Branch-In-Out”, and “Satellite Love”:
Definitely a product of the 70’s… it sort of gives a new meaning to the term “synth bass”, doesn’t it?
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