the 'oldest guitar in the world' is made from 50,000-year-old ancient kauri wood, by lorenzo palmeri
 

the 'oldest guitar in the world' is made from 50,000-year-old ancient kauri wood, by lorenzo palmeri

italian musician and designer lorenzo palmeri has designed the ‘oldest guitar in the world’ using ancient kauri, the most exotic wood in the world. the guitar is one of three designs that together form the ‘navel’ family, a trio whose shape combines the the typically modern silhouette of the electric guitar and traditional femininity of the instrument’s acoustic original.

the 'oldest guitar in the world' uses 50,000-year-old ancient kauri wood

the ‘navel’ shown here in fenix NTM’s nanotech material
images courtesy of lorenzo palmeri

 

 

the navel comes in three different designs. to create the limited edition in kauri wood, palmeri collaborated with furniture maker and wood specialists, riva 1920, who helped him work with the 50,000 year old material. kaouri is a non-fossil wood, preserved from the absence of oxygen generated naturally in swampy areas of eastern europe following a cataclysm whose reason is unknown.

the 'oldest guitar in the world' uses 50,000-year-old ancient kauri wood

 

 

in perfect contrast, another model uses a nanotech material known as fenix NTM, realised in collaboration with arpa indsutriale, the company behind the impressively matt material. the irregular surface topography results in a very low light reflectivity (a surface specular reflectance of 1.5 at 60°) and an anti-fingerprint, soft-touch effect. the third and final model is a classic, ‘consumer’ version which comes in classic beech wood.

the 'oldest guitar in the world' uses 50,000-year-old ancient kauri wood

sketch illustrating the design of the navel’s body and neck

 

 

in all three guitars the body formed of two contrasting messages: its roundness suggests a feminine form, typical of the classical guitar, whilst a masculine angularity gives it ‘shoulders’. together the contrasting elements speak about the characteristic of the guitar’s voice, which is capable of extending from a very sweet tone to a very hard and powerful one. this dialogue between masculine and feminine is a kind of meaning that has always been subtended in the electric guitar that is highlighted here.

the 'oldest guitar in the world' uses 50,000-year-old ancient kauri wood

sketch details of the navel guitar

 

 

navel started from the desire to experiment, with materials to investigate the sound values and tactile attitude a musician draws from their experience with the instrument‘, palmeri explains. navel (belly button) is a reference to the centrality of the human being in design thinking.

  • Totally agree with Brett H
    but nice work anyways keep it up!

    Valentin
  • Wood makes no difference on an electric. I agree, it is an old wasted piece of old wood. If it was on an acoustic I would understand.

    Brett H
  • Looks nice but how it sounds? Very curious about that!

    Laurie
  • Very very cool!!

    Jaime
  • I agree with Paolo and Jesse.

    Bruce Longhurst
  • Kauri is from New Zealand…and this guitar is a waste of swamp kauri.

    Jesse
  • With all the due respect for the designer’s job, this guitar is really ugly… Unbalanced deisgn, especially in the headstock part which should be the tip of beautiful expression and design… I mean with all the f***ng good deisgn that we had in the guitar history (see Les Paul, see Fender, see Paul Reed Smith, D’Angelico, ect etc) I don’t understand why in 2018 someone designs such a guitar, especially with such a precious and old wood…

    Paolo

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