I just helped host a great movie premier at Vancouver’s Rio theater ( http://riotheatre.ca/ ) for Bones brigade documentary (http://www.bonesbrigade.com/ ) . If you’re a skateboarder, you know who the Bones Brigade is and how much they influenced skateboarding in it’s not too distant past. It was a great event and I couldn’t be happier with its success.
While we were milling around during the second showing, someone mentioned to me that there was this cool cigar box guitar up in the projection room. “Really”? I must admit that as I was curious to see this guitar, I was almost equally as curious to see a theaters projection room. There is always alot of mystery and magic associated with these rooms. Our host was gracious enough to cater to my interest and was soon leading us up the stairs. I found the projector room to be less exciting than I hoped, but I am not sure what I was hoping for. there is a lot mystic surrounding these rooms, but it’s mostly just a plain room with a huge projector in it.
In the corner of the room I spied the cigar box guitar. It’s very well made and sounded great too. I liked the f hole cuts. that is something I may have to look into down the road. What I really liked about was the steampunkesque addition of some random cogs and dials inside the box. You can see them through the sound holes. I thought this was a nice touch and really added a bit of individuality to the guitar. I was also pretty stoked to see that he too used the door hinge idea for his tail-piece. Means I am on the right track!
here you can see some of the cogs through the sound hole.
It was strung up with some heavier gauge strings and tuned in an open tuning. I plucked at it for a moment and it sounded quite nice. The El Mortino was definitely a cool treasure that you would expect to find in a place like this.
So I did a little bit of research on it and found out that it was made by Jeremy Morton of Morton Instrumentation.
Morton makes some very cool originally styled electric guitars and Ukeleles as well as the El Mortino cigar box guitar. Check out his site and see the cool stuff he is making.
Though I looked around the web and his site for a while, I could not find any info on where he is based out of. If any of you readers know, feel free to hit me back with the info.
Update: July 18 2012 – Jeremy Morton got back to me after I posted this and let me know that he is located in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. So if you are in that area or like his work, hit him up and get a really cool original looking axe.
I am very close to finishing my current WS Bluesbox build. I will have something up very shortly.
Posted on July 17, 2012, in guitars, sweet axes and tagged 3 string guitar, Cigar box guitar, el mortino, Folk instruments, hand made guitar, instruments, morten guitars, morten instrumentation, morton guitars, morton instrumentation, musical instruments, rio theater, three string guitar, ws bluesbox. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.