Spanish singer/guitarist Luis Martin
presented a fully functional ceramic guitar in the town of Talavera de la Reina, expressing hope that the axe he made will help the town's dwindling ceramics industry.
The guitar took about a month to produce and will hopefully attract new buyers in the same manner glass guitars have built up their own industry."In the 1950s lots of groups recorded in bathrooms because they had a special echo,"
Martin told Reuters
. "I thought a ceramic guitar would sound good, especially as there are other ceramic instruments like flutes."
The town itself is renowned as the production center of glazed tiles used in the decoration of El Escorial monastery and the Madrid's Royal Palace."Talavera ceramics are well-known but like everything else it's a tough time because things are bad in Spain with the crisis,"
Martin commented. "If this project takes off it could provide work for a lot of people."
The guitarist demonstrated the sound of the ceramic axe with a set of rockabilly chords alongside guitar maker Carlos Sabrafen
, who described the entire project as "totally crazy."
Martin and co. are currently searching for a sponsor to finance the mass production, looking to ultimately sell guitars for a price of $3,200 a piece.