Thursday, May 19, 2011

Abbey Road Studio 2, Shaun Keaveny & luthier Sam Walker

Shot in Studio 2 Abbey Road at The North American Guitar gig - BBC Radio 6 man Shaun Keveney talked to Wirebird guitars founder Sam Walker about how it all started.

And here's Shaun with one of Sam's most elegant creations.

Shaun Keaveny w Wirebird Tele

The North American Guitar at Abbey Road Studio 2

The North American Guitar is a new company set up to help people who want the very best hand built (really hand built) guitars find the very best luthiers. Best luthiers - not the most known luthiers. They work with people like Brent McElroy and Sam Walker.

This week they hosted an evening in the magical Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios - it was a kind of guitar heaven - with some very good wine thrown in.

Here are some shots

Guitar Technique Neville Marten

guitar guys at Abbey Road

This old mike was very beautiful to see - as used during Beatles recordings

Classic mike at Abbey Road

And here's Neville Marten and Jason Sidwell from Guitar Techniques magazine playing some slick blues on a couple of Wirebird Tele's.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Violin case wabi sabi

I've written before about my enthusiasm for Wabi Sabi, the aesthetic of Zen Buddhism. Wabi Sabi is an expression of the transience of all things on this earth, and places objects that shows signs of age and use in high regard.

Here's a lovely old violin case that hit the button for me at Mondo Musica in Bologna last year. I hope my cases will end up looking as fine as this.

Old violin case