John Konesky

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John Konesky
Also known as Kones
John Bartholomew Shredman
Shreddy Krueger
Genres Comedy Rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2005 - Present
Labels Epic, Sony BMG
Associated acts Trainwreck
Tenacious D
The Kyle Gass Band

John Konesky is an American guitarist who is known primarily for his association with Tenacious D. He plays electric guitar with Tenacious D, and has toured with them through North America, Europe and Australia. He played the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals with Tenacious D in 2008. He also played electric guitar in Kyle Gass's side project "Trainwreck" under the alias John Bartholomew Shredman. Trainwreck even wrote a song named after his character and his shredding abilities. Konesky also briefly appeared in 2006's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. He also currently starred in a web show entitled "Guitarings" with Kyle produced by

Konesky co-wrote the song "The Metal" which was featured on Guitar Hero III.

He can be seen on Tenacious D's 2008 concert video and documentary The Complete Master Works 2.

Konesky graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School in 1999.[1] He has played guitar for over 20 years; he started playing at the age of 9.[1]


Konesky met Tenacious D member Kyle Gass in Ohio through a friend of Kyle's girlfriend, whom Kyle would visit in Ohio to see. Konesky performed in a band with buddy John Spiker called the Spiker-Konesky Band. Kyle Gass wanted to create a side-band after Jack Black's popularity in the film industry made him no-longer have as much time for Tenacious D, the band he fronts alongside Kyle. Kyle and [Jason Reed|Lee from Tenacious D's television series]] were about to start a band and were looking for guitarists, to of which they added Konesky alongside Spiker. Nate Rothacker was a friend of Konesky - who was given the drumming position in the band. After the five had formed, they decided to call themselves Trainwreck. Konesky moved to Los Angeles, where Trainwreck would then frequently play club shows.

In 2006, Konesky was made the electric guitar player for Tenacious D's Pick Of Destiny tour, supporting the film and album. Konesky dressed up as the 'Anti-Christ' - after a skit in the show caused Tenacious D to go to hell and meet Satan. Konesky's first gig with Tenacious D was at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas on the 11th of November.



  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird Exotic Classic (Koa)
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird Exotic Classic (Spalted Maple)
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird (Handbuilt)
  • 1977 Ibanez 2405 Custom Agent.
  • 1995 Gibson Les Paul Standard.
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird NJ.
  • Froggy Bottom H12C
  • Seagull Coastline Parlour
  • Seagull Maritime SWS Mini-Jumbo
  • Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 Ten Top.
  • Late 1970s Alvarez Yairi DY-75.
  • Fender Cabronita Telecaster


  • Mesa/Boogie Stiletto Ace 2x12
  • Mesa/Boogie Dual Caliber DC-5.
  • 1973 Marshall Super Lead 100.
  • Fender Twin 1965 Backface Reissue.
  • Marshall 1960a with reissue greenbacks.


  • RMC Wizard Wah
  • MXR Phase 90.
  • Boss TU-2 Tuner.
  • Analog Man King of Tone V4 dual overdrive pedal.
  • Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer.
  • Maxon AD-999 Delay


  • 30' Coiled Bullet Cable



Year Program Band Performance
Live performances
2004 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Trainwreck "TV Theme"
2006 Saturday Night Live Tenacious D "Kickapoo" and "The Metal"
American Music Awards of 2006 "POD"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)"
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross "POD"
Spike Video Game Awards "The Metal"
2008 BBC Tenacious D Reading and Leeds Festivals
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Guitar, Song Writer Various Songs
2008 The Complete Masterworks Part 2 Tenacious D Live Concert & Documentary
2005 Current TV Halloween special Trainwreck Host

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Destiny lands Ohioans jobs with". The Columbus Dispatch. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 

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