Sunday, April 25, 2010

Big Joe Williams and Chuck Berry, Luthiers

When I was at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale I saw Big Joe Williams' nine string guitar-- a do-it-himself sculptural and musical masterpiece.  Chuck Berry's ES355 is beginning to take on a bit of the same luster, with it's scratches and duct tape, electrical tape and bits of hardware screwed on.  You know he did it himself, too.  After all, he started out as a carpenter.

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