Hi, I’m Roberto, one of the founders of El Autobus, and I’m writing today’s BusPicks about one of the things we really love around here: making music! Jamming time is one of our favorite moments of the week, so, this post has to do with music, and design, and ideas, and a new brand I’ve been following that radiates the kind of good vibe that we love.
Bohemian Guitars inspiration came to brothers Adam and Shaun Lee from the "blik kitaar" a home made guitar that uses an empty oil can for its body and is commonly played in the townships of their hometown of Johannesburg and all over Southern Africa. They started their project to turn these artisanal guitars into professional sounding instruments with a kickstarter campaign in 2013.
Bohemian “oil can guitars” use simple materials, craftsmanship and great aesthetics to make an affordable guitar with an incredible metallic sound. I stumbled into them thru a G. Love video and was hooked to their sound and design.
Their sustainability efforts are nice too: For each Bohemian Guitar sold, one tree is planted in the developing world, thanks to a partnership with Trees For The Future. Also, there are Bohemian models made with reclaimed wood, vintage oil cans and old guitar parts.
I hope my next post can be a video of a Bus-Jam with an actual Bohemian Guitar. Until we get one, there are some very cool videos on the web of ‘bohemians’ shredding the guitar’s bluesy raw sound. (And more than a few great videos of people building their own traditional oil can guitars; maybe that’s the one we are gonna have!).
Post by Roberto Fonfria