Sunday, September 25, 2005
Huntington's Stradivari: Jesselli Guitars
There's an article in the Long Island section of the Sunday NYT about the way cool creations of Huntington artisan Joseph Jesselli of Jesselli Guitars, dubbed the Stradivari of Huntington.
According to the NYT, Jesselli "obsessively" handcreates a few guitars per year. Each of them take 5 to 6 months to make. He uses wood that he's had for at least 10 years, with incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship. The pieces are hand carved, crafted or tooled.
They start at $20k or so per. The Stones Keith RIchards owns one. Alan Rogan, The Who's guitar technician, called them the "Best guitars ever made."
The article is not on line, but here are some of Jesselli's work:
Note how the case and tools (above) match the guitar (below)
The Nouveau model is carved "in the round." The lines of the instrument can be traced from front to back. This gives the impression that the guitar is one finely-crafted whole, rather than a series of constituant parts. The result is the organic look typified by the Art Nouveau style. Take note of the ported back plate; rimmed in gold and held in place by twenty-two micro bolts.
The Sound Lenz (below) walks the line between being an acoustic and electric:
The full gallery of his creations are on line here.
NYT, Sunday, Spetember 25, 2005
Long Island section (not on line)
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