Spanish Musician Creates a Ceramic Guitar

Luis Martin unveils a fully functional ceramic guitar after a month-long making process.

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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.

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    ...Better not drop that then.
    It's nice that's he's trying to support the local ceramic industry, but this sounds like it's a *very* niche product, considering its price and lack of durability. Would many people buy it enough to stop the industry disappearing?
    It looks spectacular, and it's a neat idea - ceramic does have fairly interesting resonant harmonies (though, I'd still like to hear it) - but, it doesn't seem like it'd be very durable at all... Still, collectors would love it.
    It sounds like a stupid idea. The top of an archtop or an acoustic are supposed to be stiff but light free-moving plates held in a deformed shape by the bracing. Ceramic is fragile, is not held under tension and meets none of the criteria required for performance as an acoustic or semi-acoustic instrument. Also, good luck to them trying to register "Martin" as a trademark.
    Ceramic has a broad definition with many types that can be very very strong. It's not just kitchen tiles and coffee mugs guys... And this guy is trying to save his town from being irrelevant. Kudos to him.
    I agree with Prostheta, I don't think he sounds semi educated, and there's no way he is ruining the music industry. Also it isn't a negative comment, it's accurate and to be fair true. I'm all for innovation, but when all I can see in my head is a man playing a tile... I mean, come on, seriously?
    Drill a hole in the back so players can take a whiz while doing there business. Might be the best invention ever, now people can play all night long!
    With the next-to-nonexistent durability of ceramic, I probably wouldn't tune that thing tighter than baritone-tuning with .08-gauge strings. Even if it has a truss-rod, it would still have a lot of pressure on the body, itself.