33. Bluesmen

Carolan Guitar

Welcome to the first of our 2014 Beeston Oxjam Takeover retrospectives.

First up, Jimmy Wigginton takes time out from running the Guitar Spot to sit down on his own sofa and play us some blues on Carolan.

As someone who has traded guitars for many years, Jimmy is able to regale us with some fine guitar stories including how one well-known Jazz guitarist came to buy the same guitar for the third time.

Read more of Jimmy’s stories and his thoughts about guitars and Carolan in Issue 32 of Beeston’s wonderful organ the Beestonian (strap line – ‘Half a Decade of Beeston Based Babbling’).

Later on, we’re joined by Jimmy’s young protégé and one-time student Joe ‘Slide’ Barber who takes a slide to Carolan for this version of Statesboro Blues.

Now we’re sounding mean and honky. Positively ‘mardy’ as they say around these parts. Surely we can’t get any more miserable?  … hmmm … next up it’s the  the singer-songwriters.

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30. Scanners

Reflections on the craft challenges of embedding interactive codes into delicate wooden structures

Carolan Guitar

The team has been living with Carolan for a short while now, giving regular demos to a number of people in different settings and observing what happens when they scan the codes. So, we felt it was time to reflect on the technical aspects of embedding the codes into the guitar and the lessons learned for luthiery, and to summarise as to how well the guitar’s Aestheticodes stand up to being scanned?

Right from the start of this project we knew we were venturing into uncharted waters; by using woods, inlay, engraving and sound holes as part of the codes we only added uncertainty and risk – but that’s all part of the research and of course the fun! We tested as best we could throughout the design and build process as we discussed in earlier blog posts, such as 4. Questions, 6. Etchings and 11. Mock-up. Despite all the testing…

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