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Consumer Electronics Show: Orange Amps claims guitarist broke speed record

January 10, 2011 |  9:15 am

Tiago2a It must be the amp.

At least, that's what British music-equipment maker Orange Amps is hoping music geeks will conclude when they see a Brazilian guitarist's potentially record-breaking rendition of "Flight of the Bumblebee" on their new all-in-one amp and personal computer at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Tiago Alberto de Quadros, a.k.a. Tiago Della Vega, an Orange Amps endorsee, has held the Guinness World Record as fastest guitar player since May 7, 2008, when he successfully played "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at 320 beats per minute.

He shredded the same song at 340 BPM on the Intel stand at the CES in Las Vegas on Friday, according to a news release sent out by Orange Amps. (That’s nearly 4 beats per second).

Although it may not have hastened his fingers, Della Vega was playing through the Orange Amps OPC, a new amp that doubles as a recording studio, with playing, recording, editing and computing capabilities.

The amp goes on sale in the first quarter of 2011 at a recommended retail price of $1,499.

A Guinness World Records representative said in an e-mail that the organization cannot verify that Della Vega broke his own record as there was no Guinness adjudicator on site.

"He will need to submit evidence/documentation for our team to verify," she wrote.


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Photo: Tiago Della Vega at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Credit: Orange Amps