The Dragon’s teeth …

dueling-dragons-024I 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!

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!”



Author: Michael

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