Friday, November 4, 2011



Schecter Flattus Maximus GWAR Guitar (GWAR) Specifications:

  • Construction: Set Neck w/ Ultra Access
  • Available Bodies:
    • Mahogany
  • Neck: 3-pc Mahogany
  • Finger Board: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24X Jumbo
  • Inlay: GWAR Chaos Wheel
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Pickups: EMG 81
  • Electronics: Vol/Kill Switch
  • Available Bridges:
    • Original Floyd Rose
  • Scale: 25.5”
  • Hardware: Black
  • Available Colors:
    • GWAR (GWAR)
  • Available Cases:
    • Fitted FM-USA w/Custom Green Interior
  • Available Lefty: No

Flattus Maximus is the lead guitarist in the heavy metal band GWAR. He is known by his red face, white dreadlocks, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet. The name "Flattus" implies (verified by various concerts) a flatulent character. His speaking mannerisms suggest a childlike intelligence and naivety (until recently; his entries in the current website's blog depict a different, more violent Flattus).
GWAR lore

Very little about Flattus Maximus is explained in GWAR lore. Even his home planet is an uncertainty; in an interview conducted during a 1997 tour, Flattus (at the time portrayed by Pete Lee) explained his hazy memory was due to his notorious pot smoking, at which point he seemed to recall a planet named Pot (made entirely of cannabis) he once called home, but he ended up destroying it by smoking the entire planet out of existence. Although his explanation was never officially set in stone, it's one of many theories as to where Flattus really originates from. What is apparent, though, is that he is illiterate, has a slight Southern accent, and that he attributes his "explosive guitar style" to a strict diet of vegetarians, which also causes his infamous atomic flatulence.
Flattus' history

The first man to portray the "armored clown" (taken from the pre-2005 web bio) was Dewey Rowell, who played on Hell-O and Scumdogs of the Universe. He left the band shortly after the "Tour De Scum" tape, and before America Must Be Destroyed, GWAR's third album, was recorded. Until mid-1992, after GWAR's now-(in)famous "Phallus In Wonderland" was released, there was no Flattus Maximus character. America Must Be Destroyed had all of its guitar parts (save two solos) played by Balsac the Jaws of Death. When playing those songs live today, in particular "The Road Behind" (that album's big single), it is typically Balsac, not Flattus, who plays the lead. On November 3, 2011, he was found dead.