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The Dragon’s teeth …
Oct18

The Dragon’s teeth …

I posted a picture of this guitar sometime earlier but I didn’t really know anything of the backstory. However, there’s a new article all about it now at Guitar World. If you look at the pages here, there’s no shortage of exotic materials on display – shells, hardwoods, semi-precious stones (or even precious stones – remember the Flora Aurum by Jens Ritter?) etc., etc.. But what about sharks teeth – or even puppy teeth? Oh yes … luthier Virgil Mandanici (and his wife) thought that for his first guitar build ever, incorporating puppy teeth in the design might be a good idea. Well, everyone’s got a story, but when the upshot is that the guitar sells a year or so on for $17,000, I guess that’s a result and speaks to the fine qualities of the instrument as well as the imagination and craftsmanship involved. You could say Virgil well and truly signed his indenture with this one! FROM GUITAR WORLD: For inlay work, guitar builders often use all kinds of exotic materials, including shells, hardwoods, semiprecious stones and precious metals. When building his Dueling Dragons guitar, luthier Virgil Mandanici of Virgil Guitars in Tampa, Florida, utilized all of the above, but he also incorporated two more unusual materials: teeth from prehistoric sharks, for the dragons’ teeth and claws, and puppy teeth, for the dragons’ horns. “Using puppy teeth was my wife Lorrie’s idea,” Mandanici says. “She saved our puppy dogs’ teeth when they fell out, which usually happens when you are playing tug of war with them using old socks. One day she found an eyetooth from one, which I thought would make a perfect horn for the dragons. It took about a week to get the other tooth. I kept offering her a pair of pliers until that tooth finally came out!” READ MORE AT GUITAR WORLD   Share...

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Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt
Oct17

Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt

I post quite a lot of images of Michael Spalt’s guitars. No apologies from me …   http://www.spaltinstruments.com/ Share...

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Aristides 020 White Gold
Jul04

Aristides 020 White Gold

It’s not often that the first thing that has you fall in love with a guitar is the tone. I had not come across Aristides Instruments until a couple of days ago when Jordy Markus contacted me. I browsed the website and what took my eye most was this 020 ‘White Gold’ model. What blew me away, though, was this video demo: Just love that clean tone! I know there’s bags of reverb there, but what a warm, open, but amazingly sparkly tone? There are plenty of video demos on the Aristides website if you want to explore the high gain possibilities and some guitars are brilliant instruments for metal. Where does that tone come from though? Well, these guitars are not made from wood. They are made from a material called Arium. To quote from the website: Arium is a material produced from different special resins and microscopically small vibrationsensitive glass particles. A wear-resistant cover made of glass and carbon fiber protects the sensitive mixture when it is inserted in its Aluminum mould. The material has several advantages as compared to wood: wood cannot vibrate in the direction of the fiber and it therefore forces sound waves to resonate only two-dimensionally. Arium in contrast, has no fiber structure and it vibrates three-dimensionally, which does not only extend the sustain considerably, but also enhances the acoustic sound volume. As it does not contain any water, it is more stable than wood, it reacts less to temperature fluctuations and humidity, has a conspicuously more stable tuning, and requires less maintenance. Fifteen years of research led to a tonematerial with amazing acoustic features. The possibility to build an one-piece construction combined with the unique cell-structure of the material resulted in a revolutionary property: the sound waves could resonate three dimensional without any disruption throughout the whole instrument. Well – hearing is believing. Would love to get my hands on one some day! http://www.aristidesinstruments.com/ Share...

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Gittler Guitars
Apr24

Gittler Guitars

Gittler Guitars are back! The most unique, revolutionary guitar of the 20th century is now a 21st century marvel. The Gittler Guitar is a striking minimalist design incorporating rounded cylindrical and ergonomic features. The guitar is manufactured entirely of 6AL-4V aircraft grade Titanium. With only 60 models made during the 1980’s, the original guitar became a legendary and iconic symbol of think-forward design. Allan Gittler, the creator of the instrument, was a visionary musician who aimed to dispel the common misconceptions embraced by guitar players since the 1930’s. His goal, and ours, is to provide modern guitarists a foundation from which to build their personal tone. We at Gittler Instruments maintain that a musician should begin to develop his or her signature sound by starting with the purest signal, completely absent of coloration. Just as a painter begins with a blank canvas, we believe each musical journey should begin with the bare principles of vibration and gain. http://gittlerinstruments.com/ Share...

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Bonetops by Michael Spalt
Mar12

Bonetops by Michael Spalt

Another one on the way from Michael Spalt. Amazing. http://www.spaltinstruments.com/ Share...

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Devil’s Guitars by Eric Boucher
Nov19

Devil’s Guitars by Eric Boucher

I can only find a MySpace link for this guy:  http://www.myspace.com/devilsguitars Share...

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