Master Guitar-Maker John Monteleone : Slideshow

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Monteleone created the Sun King after finding inspiration in an unlikely material: the scrap wood in his workshop. "That guitar happened very rapidly, just out of the very excitement of the design," he told the Met.

 

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Monteleone created this Deco Vox in 2007. With its metallic blue hue and distinctive headstock, the instrument pays tribute to the Chrysler Building in Manhattan at sunset.

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Here's Monteleone with his series of guitars known as the Four Seasons. It took him between six and seven years to complete the project.

 

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The Grand Artist guitar is known for its large resonance chamber and the design comes out of Monteleone's extensive work with mandolins.

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All three New York master guitar-makers in the "Guitar Heroes" exhibit have designed instruments in the the teardrop shape. The first was built by John D'Angelico in 1957 for a guitarist in band "The Teardrops."

 

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The Radio City model is an homage to the hallowed music hall in Midtown Manhattan and all of the musicians that crossed its stage. Monteleone says the "architecture, line, form, and design" of the building went into the instrument.