He also invented and successfully played the very first 'quad' guitar. However, the instrument was stolen during a Nitro show in El Paso, Texas, and only two of the four parts required for its assembly have ever been recovered. It is because of this that he has not played the quad guitar in many years. Dean Guitars has recently recreated this legendary instrument with a new custom paint job, especially for Batio.
The Double Guitar is another of his innovative inventions (along with the 'string dampener'), which he commonly uses live and in studio recordings. Guitar One magazine named Batio the #1 fastest shredder in the world in April 2003. Batio has recently revealed that the name for his latest album, Hands Without Shadows was inspired by Chinese fans who said that he slaps his hands on the guitar neck so fast that he does it without shadows. He has also had a long-term relationship with Dean Guitars, promoting their equipment and leading Dean-sponsored guitar clinics around the world to teach his techniques. Batio has released two popular instructional DVDs, entitled Speed Lives and Speed Kills, to teach fellow guitarists how to play his pieces of music. Furthermore, he is releasing a DVD featuring his Double Guitar Solo, which can now be seen on the Dean Guitars website. It features tribute covers of Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze and Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train, with Batio's full backing band.
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