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10/13/2010 at 8:22:20 PM GMT
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Ethnographic hypermedia material uploads????
Hi there. This post is, first and foremost exploratory. I am interested in seeing if linking ethnographic video materials within this forum will (or perhaps won't) work. Not sure at this stage, thus the experiment.  Secondly, I am currently finishing my Master's thesis which revolves around the notion creating more responsive ethnographic things. Anyway, long story short, I use the work of two Nashville based luthiers (individuals who build and maintain stringed musical instruments), Cory and Grant Batson as a means to discuss the possibilities of creating new ethnographic things by, just as the Batson's do with their guitars, evaluating and revising the structures, ideologies, theories, methods, and media of creation (tonewoods, synthetic materials, etc) that shape and contour the things that they make. With that being said, I am writing this post (is that posting this post, I'm not sure?) to link some  video material that will be embedded within the digital form of the thesis. I'm hoping that this will work, and, if it does, that others might upload or link any of their ethnographic video materials. 

So here are the links to various interviews/observations of the Batsons. They live in Nashville and make remarkable guitars. "Plug." Here is there website if you'd like to give them a look.

Anyway, here are the links......

interview: Grant and Cory discussing customer relations when building custom instruments.

Interview: Grant Batson on tonewoods.

Interview: Grant and Cory describing what makes a great guitar.

Interview: Grant talking about their goal as luthiers

Interview:Cory Batson showing and describing the first guitar he ever built.

Interview: Grant Batson talks about the Batson guitar shapes.

Observation: Cory bending guitar side sets.

Interview: Cory Batson on acoustic bracing.

Observation: Grant gluing in kerfing on Tom Laffey's mango wood guitar.

Danny Combs playing a Batson guitar #1

Danny Combs playing a Batson guitar #2

I hope that this will work. It should, but I do have a knack at many things inoperable. Anyway, if anyone is working on any research concerning lutherie, these might help. More to come, assuming, again, that the links work, and that someone finds it useful.

Thanks, and sorry for posting such a lengthy message. Matt Hale

10/13/2010 at 8:31:48 PM GMT
Posts: 9
For those interested in guitar or stringed musical instruments
Those interested in lutherie or instruments in general should make a stop at the following while in for AFS in Nashville.....

Gruhn's Guitars
400 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203-3931  (a block, maybe, from the Hilton downtown hotel)

(Specializing in vintage instruments, but also maintains a stock of works by lesser known luthiers)

Cotton Music Center
1815 21st Avenue South
 Nashville, TN 37212

Specialising in vintage instruments, but also maintains a stock of works by lesser known luthiers)--- also has an unmistakable vibe about it.

Artisan Guitars
230 Franklin Road, Suite 11GG,
Factory at Franklin, Building 11,
Franklin, TN
‎ - (615) 595-2544

(A great selection of traditional and contemporary instruments) Not in Nashville, but very close.

And lastly, Guitar Gallery... this place, for those interested, is appointment only.  A very new trend in lutherie sales. Here's the website.

Just contact Guitar Gallery to set up an appointment.

This place literally has on stock over 150 of the most interesting and innovative works by traditionally and contemporarily (not a word, but useful here) builders, representing the works of builders across the globe.

All are work a visit you have time or are interested. Matt

1/13/2011 at 6:37:24 PM GMT
Posts: 5

Those are beautiful guitars and they sound great. Thanks for providing the links. All the best in your research!

Erik Aasland

Erik Aasland
Doctoral Candidate at Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
Co-Convener of the AFS Socialist and Post-Socialist Area Studies Section
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