Ancient Guitars & Lutes. Illustration by Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
Riley Puckett was an influential guitar player who could shift between many styles and approaches. He played solo or with string bands throughout his illustrious career. He was blind and it has been speculated by people that he may have known Blind Willie McTell in the Georgia School for the Blind, which had both white and black students.
The first white bluesman to record: Frank Hutchison. By Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
Ham and Lard Can Banjos by Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
Roscoe Holcomb, Banjo and Guitar Player from Daisy, Kentucky. By Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
Italian style bowlback Mandolin from the 1890’s. The mandolin was popularized in the United States in the late nineteenth century after it was brought over by Italian immigrants. The Italian style had a rounded back, but in the early nineteenth century, Orville Gibson developed the flatback mandolin, which revolutionized mandolin construction. By Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
I have been fascinated for many years with harp guitars. In spite of, or perhaps because of the fact that I have yet to ever play one myself. I was struck the first time I saw one in a black and white photograph in a Time Life book on logging. The man in the photograph, presumably a logger on his off hours, was sitting on a stump in the middle of the woods with his elegant, hand-fashioned home in the background. He was dressed sharply with a dapper hat cocked to the side and on his knee sat a strangely beautiful creation; the gryphon of musical instruments, the harp guitar.
By Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
1830 Martin Guitar (Stauffer Style) by Drew Christie. drewchristie.com
Henry C. Dobson Banjo c. 1867. By Drew Christie. www.drewchristie.com
Seven String Minstrel Banjo from the 1850’s. By Drew Christie.
Cigar Box Fiddles!
A short, illustrated history and evolution of the banjo or banjer (or banjar) as it was probably originally called. From my illustrated instrument book. By Drew Christie.
Antique Kay Kraft Archtop Guitar by Drew Christie