When we started this project, we knew there is plenty of electric guitars all over the world. Moreover, we are not even luthiers. How could we, in the end, create something really avant-garde? Thousands of shapes, materials, colors, finishes, combinations and settings have been endlessly tried by guitar makers. We decide to focus our work on the appearance, and just try to build something really new and different, indeed without overdoing.
This is the origin of the project “Zero – the camuna guitar“, originated from the encounter between the creative spirit of Andrea Richini, an electric guitars enthusiast and connoisseur, and the great experience and skill of the woodcarver Giambattista Donati. Transferring the typical handcarving style of the Artigianatro Camuno del Legno – an historical and famous local workshop, with a fifty years experience in creating furniture and objects in fine and scented pine wood – over the modern shapes of an electric guitar, the result is an instrument which, even substantially having a classic look, is at the same time unusual, almost “primitive” as we like to define it, with an extremely pleasing sensation to sight and touch.
The real innovation, if we can use this word, is therefore the “dress” of our guitars: instead of the traditional nitrocellulose or lacquered finish, these instruments have an “unfinished” surface, where the “primitive” effect is given by the artist’s hand which has wisely carved the wood to bring out its peculiar grain and consistency. The surface is not completely naked, however, but covered by a thin layer of water paint which enhances the wood natural beauty without covering. In short, a true work of art.
The project, however, has indeed another purpose: something deeper than the creation of a purely aesthetic object. In fact, the intent of the creators was to realize the very first musical instrument inspired by the land where it was build and can then interpretate it. This territory is named Valle Camonica, an alpine valley in northern Italy, world famous for the more than 300.000 prehistoric rock engravings which made it the 1st UNESCO Site of the nation.