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Blueberry guitar, mixed art with music

01-21-2011 09:52 BJT

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You've seen wooden guitars and electric guitars, but have you ever heard of a blueberry guitar? Some craftsmen on the resort island of Bali in Indonesia are doing just that producing the unique Blueberry guitar.

This small workshop is the home of the internationally renowned Blueberry guitar.

These intricately hand-carved guitars, marrying eastern and western style, can take months to produce and cost up to 6,000 US dollars each.

Local wood from Indonesia is used to create the guitar's thin body shape and this is what gives the instrument its resonance.

Wayan Tuges, Blueberry Guitar Producer, said "Each Blueberry guitar has its own carving and grooving, and it produces a finer and louder sound compared to that of an ordinary guitar."

The company was founded by Canadian musician and businessman, Danny Fonfeder in 2005 with the help of local wood carver, Wayan Tuges. Blueberry guitars are named after Fonfeder's daughter.

Their first products were launched at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2007. It created a splash at the festival and orders soon came flooding in.

However, it's the intricate neck designs that really make these guitars stand out. Flowers, animals and dragons are the most popular designs, but no two are ever the same.

Wayan Balawan, Guitarist, said, "I feel that a Blueberry guitar gives a unique sensation, because it is combined with the remarkable art of carving. Playing a Blueberry guitar feels like I am driving a luxury car."

The workshop is putting the finishing touches on its 900th Blueberry guitar... but with demand so high, there's always plenty more work to do.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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