Last night, I took myself over to the Albert Music Hall to do a bit of pickin’ and singin’. I find that sitting around with a handful of people who like to play for fun is a great way to escape the frustration and anger I feel when I read the news every day. Anyway, at the end of the night, as I was packing up my Beloved Gibson (see also, here) to leave, I couldn’t help buy notice the guitar the fellow next to me was packing up. I saw that the guitar’s headstock boasted an elaborately carved horse’s head. I asked him what kind of guitar that was, and he said that it was a “Blueberry.” He then showed me the intricate carvings of horses on the sides, top and back of the instrument. Amazing. I had never seen anything like that, and I had never heard of Blueberry guitars.
When I arrived home, I found the website for Blueberry Guitars. Turns out that each one is hand-made and carved by artists in Bali. No two are alike, and it takes forty days to make one. Check out a representative example here. They sure are beautiful to look at, but I would like to play one to see if they play and sound as beautiful as they look. Maybe the next time I’m at the Albert Hall, I’ll ask if that fellow will give me a test drive.