BLUE GUITAR - by Ken Vose
tracked down 22 of the world's finest luthiers, sent them each a bottle
of Ultra Blue Penetrating Stain #M 520, and told them to make the archtop
guitar of their dreams. The results are as beautiful as they are varied.
Bozo Podunavac named his creation, which features an intricate
abalone and pearl inlay, the "Bozo Chicagoan". Bill Collings
created the "Collings Custom" in his state-of-the-art, climate-controlled
workshop in order to ensure the highest sound quality. Linda Manzer,
inspired by the intoxicating French liqueur, constructed the "Blue Absynthe"
from ebony and curly maple.
Guitar: Review by Charles
This Book is a little
gem! It is 130 pages of text, photos and graphics that should satisfy
not only the archtop enthusiast, but anyone that has an interest in
guitars. It starts with a very insightful forward by the godfather of
jazz guitar - George Benson. It continues with a brief history
of the archtop guitar as well as Scott Chinery's genesis in creating
the Blue Guitar collection. The book then gives a general history of
the archtop guitar as well as a synopsis of each of the 22 guitar makers
that created these works of art. Ken Vose is very even-handed
with the text putting the luthiers in alphabetical order with approximately
same word count and amount and size of pictures. The text is written
in a very friendly manner never verging on "lutherie technobabble" and
in general makes a very comfortable easy read.