Blue Guitar (Guitar Reference) Hardcover – 26 Nov 1998
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About the Author
Ken Vose is a former race driver and respected automotive writer and the author of two novels about Formula One racing. His most recent nonfiction book is Blue Guitar (0-8118-1912- 4). He lives in New York City and northeastern Pennsylvania. Leslie Jean-Bart is a New York City-based freelance photographer who shoots for Sotheby's, BMW, and other clients specializing in objects of desire. George Benson is a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and composer. He lives in New Jersey.
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Jimmy D'Aquisto (maybe the greatest of all time, unfortunately passed away at 51), Bob Benedetto, Mark Campellone, John Monteleone, Linda Manzer: just to mention some of the great masters that are, more or less, legends in their own way.
Sure enough, you can't afford these true gems... but, surely, this wonderful, little big book! Undoubtedly a must have for jazz archtop guitar lovers!! Before it comes out of print, don't miss it!!
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A virtual competition ensues as the top 'luthiers' get down to business creating their personal vision of the finest blue archtop. Scott Chinery, a collector of fine guitars had amassed a collection numbering over a thousand pieces when he had the notion to commission the best craftsman to make a blue archtop. You don't even have to love guitars to appreciate the wonderfully varied interpretations that came about as a result. The pride of craftsmanship shines through on each and every meticulously crafted piece. This is a handsome book richly filled with photographs of these masterpieces in blue, and the talented men and women behind them. This book is a gem for the price.
Scott Chinnery, an avid collector of guitars, was instrumental in re-igniting a passion for the revival of the arch top, semi-acoustic guitar. It was Chinnery, that approached twenty two of the finest luthiers, and inspired them to the task of creating an eighteen inche (wide) semi-acoustic guitar. Chinnery also requested the guitars be made "blue" - all luthiers used the same color, yet were free to formulate and apply the color as they indivudally desired. The results and finding of this work becomes the topic of the book.
The text presents a challenge to continue the work initiated by these craftpersons. It is "inspirational", and very informative.
Another good book on the subject is Bob Benedetto's "Making an Archtop Guitar." Benedetto is considered the greatest living guitar maker.