Sunday, 31 May 2015

Crow Guitar

I'm not sure why, but this "clumsy guitar" really sings for me.  It's a reminder that a tortoise shell has been used since ancient times as a resonator box for stringed instruments, such as the lyre and the mbira ("thumb piano").  Tortoiseshell -- in the sense of marbled brown and amber plastic -- is, of course, still a fundamental part of the design of modern instruments, from picks to pickguards.

I won't spoil the effect by telling you what my drawn "tortoise shell" is derived from, but a little lateral thinking may reveal it to you.  The whole thing, obviously, is a mash-up of diverse elements.

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