Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Guitars, virtue, and nudity: The guitar as an icon of culture, class status, and social values



In a recent conversation I was asked my thoughts on what, exactly, makes the guitar so alluring? What has made it so . . . well . . . so widely loved by people? I mean, it has managed to capture popular imagination so thoroughly that it is a bona fide world-recognized icon. Such things don't happen by accident. So: how did it do it?

I don't claim to definitely know what has made the guitar so easy to bond with; it's neck-and-neck in acceptance with the violin -- which, along with its separated-at-birth-twin the fiddle, has enormous currency in very different social-musical circles. I mean, I'm told that there are at least as many violins as guitars made annually world-wide, and...

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