John Konesky

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John Konesky
Birth name John S. Konesky
Also known as Kones
John Bartholomew Shredman
Shreddy Krueger
Born (1980-11-19) November 19, 1980 (age 35)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Comedy Rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2005 - Present
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts Tenacious D
Big Talk
The Kyle Gass Band
The Haden Triplets
Carolina Liar

John S. Konesky is a Grammy Award winning American guitarist, additional vocalist and occasional producer and actor.

Konesky is known primarily for his association with Tenacious D due to him performing on their The Pick Of Destiny and Rize of the Fenix albums as well as having brief cameos in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny in addition to The Complete Master Works 2 before appearing in a lot of their music videos. He has toured North America, Europe, Australia and Asia with the band since 2006 and has been featured on many late night talk shows such as The David Letterman Show.

He also plays electric guitar in Kyle Gass's and Ronnie Vannucci Jr's side projects The Kyle Gass Band and Big Talk. John has provided guitar on many soundtracks and scores such as The Hangover Part II and The Runaways. He also starred in a guitar themed web show entitled "Guitarings".

Early life[edit]

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 Kyle's girlfriend, whom Kyle would visit Ohio to see. Konesky performed in a band with friend John Spiker called the Spiker-Konesky Band. 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 Gass. Gass was about to start a band and was looking for guitarists, and he discovered Konesky and Spiker, and Trainwreck was born not too long after. Konesky moved to Los Angeles, where Trainwreck would then frequently play club shows. Konesky also played in Gass's "Piper Green" and "Wank" too.

In 2005, Konesky was made the lead electric guitarist for Tenacious D and co-wrote the song "The Metal" which would go on to be featured on Guitar Hero III and he also helped write the guitar solo for "Car Chase City". In 2006, Konesky featured on 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. In 2007, Konesky started the band "Sea of Air". He can be seen on Tenacious D's 2008 concert video and documentary The Complete Master Works 2. Kones played the festivals, Reading and Leeds festivals in 2008, Outside Lands in 2009 and Bonnaroo in 2010. In 2011, Trainwreck split, which led to Konesky joining The Kyle Gass Band. In 2012, Konesky formed Wynchester and Crusade - two bands that perform at small venues in Los Angeles.

Konesky also appears onscreen as composer Giorgio Moroder in the final episode of the Yacht Rock series in 2010.



  • 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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