Guitar

Lowden F25C f/f 2010

In the Lowden parlance, ‘F’ means a mid-size flatpicker’s body; ’25’ means rosewood/cedar woods; and ‘C’ means cutaway. But it’s the ‘f/f’ that interests us here: ‘fan fret’. It’s a strange quirk of the compromised even-tempered scale that a fretted

Lowden F25C f/f 2010

In the Lowden parlance, ‘F’ means a mid-size flatpicker’s body; ’25’ means rosewood/cedar woods; and ‘C’ means cutaway. But it’s the ‘f/f’ that interests us here: ‘fan fret’. It’s a strange quirk of the compromised even-tempered scale that a fretted

Kalamazoo KG-14 acoustic guitar 1936

There exist only two-and-a-half images of Robert Johnson. By that I mean, two photographs are confirmed to be the legendary bluesman, and the third (discovered in 2005) is still under review. In what is probably the most famous one, he

Kalamazoo KG-14 acoustic guitar 1936

There exist only two-and-a-half images of Robert Johnson. By that I mean, two photographs are confirmed to be the legendary bluesman, and the third (discovered in 2005) is still under review. In what is probably the most famous one, he

Portugeuse Viola de Braguesa

The term ‘viola’ may be a bit of a misnomer to our ears, since this is clearly some type of parlour guitar or large mandolin — or ‘chordophone’ if you want to be picky. It has five courses (pairs) of

Portugeuse Viola de Braguesa

The term ‘viola’ may be a bit of a misnomer to our ears, since this is clearly some type of parlour guitar or large mandolin — or ‘chordophone’ if you want to be picky. It has five courses (pairs) of

Knutsen Dyer harp guitar 1901

This is easily enough guitar for two men. The Dyer Brothers began selling musical instruments in Minnesota during the late 1800s. One of them took a shine to a guitar design by Chris Knutsen — a harp guitar. They had a

Knutsen Dyer harp guitar 1901

This is easily enough guitar for two men. The Dyer Brothers began selling musical instruments in Minnesota during the late 1800s. One of them took a shine to a guitar design by Chris Knutsen — a harp guitar. They had a

The Scattervarius violin-guitar 2009

Built by a chap called Scatter Lee, the Scattervarius is an artistic and ingenious take on the electric Stradivarius. Elements of the famous Cremona violin maker’s design have been mixed with the traditional necessities of the electric guitar, such as

The Scattervarius violin-guitar 2009

Built by a chap called Scatter Lee, the Scattervarius is an artistic and ingenious take on the electric Stradivarius. Elements of the famous Cremona violin maker’s design have been mixed with the traditional necessities of the electric guitar, such as

Wandervogel 6-string lute 1920s

A youth movement sprang up in Germany around 1900, similar to the Boy Scouts, which encouraged healthy back-to-nature adventures in the forests and mountains. Part of the movement’s ethos emphasised pride in the romantic mythology of Germany’s Teutonic roots. To

Wandervogel 6-string lute 1920s

A youth movement sprang up in Germany around 1900, similar to the Boy Scouts, which encouraged healthy back-to-nature adventures in the forests and mountains. Part of the movement’s ethos emphasised pride in the romantic mythology of Germany’s Teutonic roots. To

Cigar box guitars

Cigar box guitars have been around since at least the 1870s but have become utterly ubiquitous on the internet during the last ten years. In the ten years before that, I doubt if anyone had seen, heard, or even thought about

Cigar box guitars

Cigar box guitars have been around since at least the 1870s but have become utterly ubiquitous on the internet during the last ten years. In the ten years before that, I doubt if anyone had seen, heard, or even thought about