So I've been listening to 2CELLOS and their cover of AC/DCs 'Thunderstruck'. Several times during the song they play with an unusual timbre. Bringing out some of the high frequencies and mechanical sounds you wouldn't usually hear from the cello in recorded music.
Here's an example, the melodic lines from this point:
I can't work out if this is an electronic distortion effect, a recording trick, or whether a cello could make this same kind of sound acoustically.
Are we hearing a (fairly subtle) distortion effect here? Or is this sound being produced another way?