Clapton's Guitar

Clapton's Guitar : Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument

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New York Times bestselling author Allen St. John started off looking for the world's greatest guitar, but what he found instead was the world's greatest guitar builder. Living and working in Rugby, Virginia (population 7), retired rural mail carrier Wayne Henderson is a true American original, making America's finest instruments using little more than a pile of good wood and a sharp whittling knife. There's a 10-year waiting list for Henderson's heirloom acoustic guitars--and even a musical legend like Eric Clapton must wait his turn. Partly out of self-interest, St. John prods Henderson into finally building Clapton's guitar, and soon we get to pull up a dusty stool and watch this Stradivari in glue-stained blue jeans work his magic. The story that ensues will captivate you with its portrait of a world where craftsmanship counts more than commerce, and time is measured by old jokes, old-time music, and homemade lemon pies shared by good more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 22.9mm | 272.16g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0743266366
  • 9780743266369
  • 74,839

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"Clapton's Guitar takes the reader on a craftsman's journey that [began] when . . . Eric Clapton first picked up a Henderson guitar." -- The Wall Street Journalshow more

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"Only a guitar book in the sense that The Orchid Thief is only a book about gardening. St. John makes the case for the transformative power of certain objects and the not-so-quaint notion of craftsmanship." -- Allen Barra, American Heritageshow more

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This is a great book,very well written by Allen St John. My initial response was one of disappointment at the lack of photos; there are some pics, but I expected much more. However, St John\'s approach is excellent. He draws the reader right into the workshop of Wayne Henderson and you can almost smell the Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce, and hear the blades quietly cutting the fine woods. I couldn\'t put this book down. I love guitars, Clapton is one of my favourite guitarists, I work with wood and have built a few guitars too; so I was completely in my element. My only real complaint is the condition of the book: It was posted in a \'Jiffy\' bag but it looked as if it had been in the back pocket of traveller who had back-packed around the globe several times. It was badly crumpled and one corner of the entire book folded over. Buy the book, but perhaps consider another supplier?show more
by Kenneth Fox
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