There is something special about the guitar. No other instrument has taken so many forms or generated so many manifestations. Over the years much of this wild tapestry of inventions has been overshadowed by the dominance of a few models and types in the pantheon of the public mind. A single moment in the approximate middle of the last century has become the point of reference of guitar-historical orthodoxy, with Leo and Ted as both its prophets and saints. But lurking beneath this veneer of a few, mostly American-made models which have come to signify the final embodiment of the guitar, there is a parallel universe full of color, full of wonderful diversity. A world well worth exploring and discovering.
(Photography by Dazmatography )
The EGB Historical Project shines a light on guitar makers of the past who have contributed to the development of the guitar, who have excelled at their craft and who should be remembered. As an EGB project, the focus also lies on reclaiming the history of the guitar in Europe.
Each year, the Historical Project Table at The Holy Grail Guitar Show will display examples of one such guitar builders’ work.
The 2016 EGB Historical Project Table showcases one of the truly great luthiers in the history of guitar building: Johann Georg Stauffer (1778-1853).
Around the beginning of the 19th century Vienna was a major center for both guitar composition, performance and for the craft of lutherie. A veritable guitar-craze fueled a lively scene of guitar makers, with Stauffer emerging as one of the most inventive and skilled, certainly as the one with the greatest historical impact on the development of the modern flat-top guitar – his legacy was carried on and amplified by his apprentice C.F. Martin. Many of Stauffer’s beautiful and original designs still carry a high level of relevance today and can be found on many modern instruments. We are very pound to be able to show a selection of original Stauffer instruments at this year’s EGB Historical Project Table.
Dr. Stefan Hackl , guitarist, teacher and researcher, is the co-author of the book Stauffer &Co, a massive tome about the Vienna guitar maker’s scene of the time. He will present his book along with Stauffer guitars he has generously agreed to share with us, and also give a lecture about the redoubtable guitar maker.
In 2015 the works of Antonio Wandrè Pioli (1926-2004) were presented. Click here to view the Historical Project page on the EGB Website.