How a guitar is being built…

…or rather, how it grows. The process of the Storyteller Guitar Project is somewhat atypical, since the emphasis is on artistic expression and not on manufacturing. Below are some excerpts with links to the building process of Mike’s and Kerri’s guitars. And further down you can find a beautiful video showcasing why and how we work on this project.

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News from the building process of Kerri’s guitar:

ProcessKWS19I have just completed a test rosette, and I played around with using crushed reconstituted stone for inlay. The lumbers for Kerri’s guitar have various sections of missing wood as I am working with ancient reclaimed materials. Finding an aesthetically pleasing yet unobtrusive method to fill these cavities is important to me, especially since the missing sections tell the story of the material so well. Instead of hiding these imperfections from the onlooker, I decided to use inlay in a manner that emphasizes the unique character of the wood.
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News from the building process of Mike’s guitar:

When we discussed the choice of materials, Mike was looking for a high quality wood species that suits the desired acoustic character of his guitar, while visually matching his style of expression with broad and bold brush strokes and a noticeable but yet subtle grain structure. After reviewing several species and later many different sets, I ordered Read more…

 

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What is the Storyteller Guitar Project?

The storyteller guitar project is redefining the relationship between musician and luthier. Both are artists in their own domain and our intention is to focus on artistic collaboration that brings the two artists closer together, engaging the stories and skills of both in the creation of a custom-made instrument.

The traditional demands of custom instruments must be met, including setup, voicing and model design. However, collaboration between artists allows these instruments to grow beyond the average custom guitar build, and create instruments that stand alone as unique and meaningful works of art.  Integral design elements are being complemented by aesthetic and acoustic components that incorporate the the story and experiences of the musician into the guitar’s construction and design.

This approach also comprises a different view on how musicians can afford instruments that are usually affordable only for a select few. We will use crowd-funding to provide musicians with instruments that match their skills and showcase the artist’s songs through a fundraising concert.

The Storyteller project is funded with the generous support of:

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