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Today We’re going to take some time to get to know and learn from renowned Master luthier, Ervin Somogyi. Mr. Somogyi has been a Luthier, wood worker and artist for over forty years. His guitars are increasingly recognized as the very best recording instruments available. Somogyi’s instruments are sought by many acoustic guitarists worldwide, and it’s no secret that musicians who wish to have the highest quality recorded and performed sound are naturally drawn to Somogyi’s instruments, and will accept no alternatives.
Mr. Somogyi has made guitars for Will Ackerman, Bola Sete, Alex de Grassi, Michael Hedges, George Winston, John Denver, Mark O’Connor, Mike Marshall, Pat Donohue, Ed Gerhard, Martin Simpson, the California Guitar Trio, and many others.
Sit back and take about 10 minutes and check out this short film.
“The Responsive Guitar”
Ervin Somogyi: The Responsive Guitar – featuring Guitarist / Composer Steve Erquiaga
Fantastic Wood Grains
modified4 Rosewood back
Ervin Somogyi’s guitars have received a number of honors over the years. He was named in the Best Luthier category for 4 years in Frets Magazine’s national poll; has had a guitar judged as “best sounding” in listening tests conducted at Boston University at a Guild of American Luthiers’ national convention; has had a guitar awarded first prize at the National Fingerpicking championships; has had an instrument displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.; and has had his guitars played in Carnegie Hall and the White House. Mr. Somogyi’s artwork is inspired directly by his four decades of lutherie work.
Maple Andamento guitar
Imagine The hours and detailed work these inlays took. Amazing !
Here’s an opportunity to read and learn from Ervin Somogyi in a chapter from his book titled “The Responsive Guitar”
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage nameB.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s ”Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”.According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.” King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of Blues”, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert Kingand Freddie King). King is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows. King continues to appear at 100 shows a year.
Over the years, King has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarists’ vocabulary. His economy and phrasing has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. King has mixed blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In King’s words, “When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”
In this addition of World’s Finest Guitars lets check out some Cigar Box Guitars. The original versions date back to the1860s .
The Blackville Serenade
We’ve all heard that wonderful plunking and haunting whining slide sound that can be heard on some very early recordings of Delta blues and folk. Even main stream rock and roll records feature that great slide sound that has it’s roots in the great sound of the Cigar Box 1, 3 or 4 string guitars, some times called a Diddley Bo. Not named after the musician Bo Diddley, but it was the other way around, Bo got his name from the guitar.
Cigar Box Diddely Bo
Granted the original old time builds might not be as well made as many of the World’s Finest Guitars are, but in the beginning the cigar box guitar was just that, a cigar box with a board or a broom handle for the neck and some steel wire for the strings. In the early days they were nothing special, but if you wanted to play music that was the way to go.
lets take a quick look at one modern cigar box guitar builder John MacNair. John is founder and builder of Red Dog Guitars . John is from New Orleans, Louisiana and I heard hes now living in Puerto Rico. John has been building homemade guitars as a hobby since his teenage years in the mid 90′s. Fascinated by early American history and Folk music of all types; Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and just about any form of self taught Folk music. Pictured are a few of John’s great builds Red Dog Guitars . puts an authentic but well built spin on the old cigar box. Very well constructed with the addition of a more modern fretted guitar neck.
For more photos and information about Red Dog Guitars head over to Red Dog Guitars
In recent years there has been an amazing resurgence of cigar box guitars. Musicians love them for there authentic delta blues sound. There are even festivals that are just for Cigar Box guitarists and enthusiasts.
There’s a festival coming up on August 24, 2013. It’s The Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival, in York Pennsylvania, at the York Emporium. This festival features lots of musicians, concerts, displays, venders and tons of fun for the whole family. so if you’re anywhere near York, Pennsylvania on August 24th you should slide on over and make a day of it.
Yea folks! It’s that time of year, as August rolls around no other better activity comes to mind for guitar fanatics than attending the world famious Healdsburg Guitar Festival held in the great Northern California city of Santa Rosa.
The Healdsburg Guitar Festival provideds a venue for guitar enthusiasts to get some hands on time, to try out guitars in the presence of the luthiers who have built some of the World’s Finest Guitars known to man and have access to workshops taught by professional performers, who, in turn, demonstrated the musical qualities of the show’s custom guitars in a concert setting. The awesome festive guitar community and party called The Healdsburg Guitar Festival has served a major role in validating the art of modern lutherie ever since 1995
The festival has helped promote high standards for quality guitars as well as create a stable market for them. “The nation’s best luthiers get together to talk, play, and show the best of what they have to offer to the public. Every year they have the grand masters as well as fresh faces at the show. This is not only a great chance to meet the luthiers themselves and learn some really serious academic guitar-building theory, but also to make use of the numerous “quiet rooms,” which allow you to actually play and compare these extraordinary instruments.” It doesn’t get any better than that.
The Healdsburg Guitar Festival is pleased to announce that the festivel is returning to the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa, California this August 9th through the 11th 2013.
So guitar fanatics if your anywhere near Santa Rosa, Calif. this upcoming weekend then you must “come hell or high water” make it to the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. you won’t be disappointed .
Head over to their website at http://guitarfestival.lmii.com/ and check out all the awesome activites you can attend during the action packed three day event.
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