Your monthly e-zine from Luna Guitars - October 2006
Luna's Muse acoustic guitars
In Greek mythology, the muses were nine sister goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences, providing inspiration to practitioners. So what happens if you start with those divine inspirers and add a liberal dash of Celtic art and lore? Well, if happens to be Yvonne de Villiers, Luna Guitars' Artistic Designer, who's combining those ingredients, the result just might be a fabulous line of acoustic and acoustic/electric guitars. That's how Luna's Muse guitars were born.
their mellow tones and rich, exotic woods, the Muse guitars are a
fitting tribute to creative inspiration. Currently, there are three
models in the series. The beautiful sunburst Muse M boasts the graceful
lines of a full dreadnought body - a
favorite design of acoustic players. Its sitka spruce top over mahogany
sides and back produce sounds as rich and satisfying as the bouquets of
vintage wines. The M is available in a natural satin finish, as
All of the Muse guitars proudly bear their Celtic influence in the form of an intricate knotwork design inlaid in a crescent shape that cradles the soundhole. Yvonne included a dash of whimsy, too, adding a delicately curving triskele on the heelcap of each guitar. Popular images in both ancient and modern Celtic art, triskeles symbolize the cycle of life - especially the female life stages - and the relationship shared by sky, water and earth.
To learn more about Luna's exciting Muse guitars, check out the models online in the instrument section of the Luna Web site: www.lunaguitars.com. But of course, the best way to get acquainted with a Muse is to hold one in your arms and relish the playing experience for yourself. Isn't it time you met your Muse?
The inlaid Celtic triskele graces the heelcaps of Luna's Muse series guitars.
message from Yvonne de Villiers
I've been pleased to receive many wonderful comments and questions through my column and through the Web site, and I'd like to share with you my responses to a couple of frequent inquiries:
Q: I've looked through your website and your guitars are beautiful, so much different from the same old-same old. Where do you get your inspiration for designs?
A: From various sources, actually. Nature inspired many of the inlay designs, but I also consider the symbolic meanings when I choose forms or images to use. I like the designs to have layers of meaning beyond adornment. The Phoenix, for instance, is both an exploration of freeform inlay and a very powerful symbol. For the Dragonfly, I chose the "flip" finish that changes from teal to plum because it reinforced the iridescent feel of the creature itself. Our Fantasie series incorporates classic art that resonates deeply with many people - archetypes that have captured hearts and imaginations universally and over many years. In the case of the Henna guitars, the cutting-edge laser technology was, itself, an inspiration. The "feel" of the laser on wood immediately suggested the sepia tones of henna on skin.
Q: Do you have much competition in guitar design?
A: I really never think in those terms. I make it a point not to look at the products of our so-called competitors. That way, I avoid unwanted influence and am assured of my ability to come up with fresh and unique designs for Luna guitars.
Q: Do many men play Luna guitars?
A: Even though we started our company to provide alternative instruments created especially for women, we've gotten an incredible and eager response from the guys. Because of their overwhelming enthusiasm, our approach has become much more gender neutral. Now, we focus on crafting instruments that are comfortable for all musicians to play.
As always, I hope you'll write to share your questions, comments
or thoughts on Luna Guitars with me at: Yvonne@lunaguitars.com.
Until next issue...Shine on!
"She is like a cat in the dark
and then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark
and when the sky is starless"
... Stevie Nicks
inspired by goddess/queen
of Celtic mythology
your Luna Guitars team
are teaming up to give one lucky person
a chance to win the guitar everyone's talking about --
Henna Paradise S.
Entry deadline is October 31, 2006.
Contest details are available at www.acousticguitar.com.
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