Guess the instrument!

January 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Inside report

[EDIT: the guessing game is over, and the answer is here.]

Hi Ayreonauts!

Today’s post answers an email question sent in by Josh:

…I am really excited for this record! Can I ask if Arjen has employed any instruments for this record that he hasn’t used before? For example, we heard a didgeridoo on The Human Equation which was a great touch.

Thanks for the question, Josh! The short answer to your question is yes. As usual, Arjen is going to have guest musicians on the next Ayreon. Some of them have already started recording, and one of them just happens to be an instrument that Arjen’s never used before.

Here is a little snippet.

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Can you guess what instrument it is? Tomorrow I’ll tell you the correct answer. Put your guesses in the comments below (you don’t need to set up an account, but I will be moderating comments to catch any spammers, so please don’t panic if you don’t see your comment right away). The first person who guesses correctly in the comments below will receive a little surprise gift from us.

Until tomorrow,

[EDIT: the guessing game is over, and the answer is here.]



323 Responses to “Guess the instrument!”
  1. Benjamin says:

    a great balalaika

  2. Renato Roman Clavijo says:


  3. Knolleworks says:

    Thank you, Arjen.

    It’s a harpsichord, I’d wager.

  4. Natte says:

    Guessing it’s a Fretless Guitar Zither.

  5. Jan Morsch says:

    A lute (of in goed Nederlands, een luit).
    heb je wel eens aan een draailier gedacht? Ook een heel apart geluid.
    groeten uit Oudenbosch

  6. Mr.L says:

    It’s a Mandolin!

  7. Jeff says:


  8. Shilven says:

    Geierleier… sounds a lot like it 🙂

  9. 12 string acoustic guitar (also known in Brazil as “viola caipira”)! 🙂

  10. MWenzel says:

    I think its an irish bouzouki as well! :s

  11. Nick Edwards says:

    Of course there are 2 modern types of guitarra – Lisboa and Corimba, not familiar enough to say which (if it is that)

  12. maarten says:

    sounds like a Wheel fiddle/Hurdy gurdy or in duch its calt a draailier

  13. Daniel says:

    It’s a baglama, isn’t it?

  14. Khananiel says:

    Definitely a Theremin.

  15. heriberto ante says:

    Its a balalaika

  16. Miguel says:

    I think it is a Portuguese guitar…

  17. Lori (Arjen's PM) says:

    Thanks for your guesses, everyone! The guessing game is now officially closed…I’ll be posting the answer shortly!