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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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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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Novembro P1
Nov14

Novembro P1

I have a picture but no provenance. Any ideas? UPDATE: digging a little deeper, Novembro seem to be a Portugese sort of rock/ballad band for whom the guitar is named. This instrument is styled after a traditional Portugese guitar (more of a mandolin really). Here’s a link to the Facebook page of the original luthier – http://www.facebook.com/pages/JP-Custom-Guitars/146643012015204 – and here’s a photo that gives the game away: Share...

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Worland Guitars
Nov14

Worland Guitars

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The Electrolyre
Nov10

The Electrolyre

The Electrolyre is a solid body electric harp with frets. The development prototype was constructed in July 2003. It has 17 strings, a little over two octaves range from middle C to G, and three chromatic frets per string. It is made of quilted maple and hard maple with an ebony fingerboard and an electric guitar-like finish. The purpose of this prototype is to learn more about the playability and features of the Electrolyre. The Electrolyre made its public debut at HarpCon 2003 in Bloomington, Indiana. http://www.electrolyre.com/ Share...

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