They say that with every crisis comes a blessing, if you only look hard enough and ask yourself how you can turn a negative experience into a positive one.
It is well-known that Detroit has been hit really hard financially. As one the results, many homes have been abandoned, left to be torn down and destroyed. One might think: is there any blessing to be found in this highly emotional and difficult situation?
Well, the Woodward Guitar Company has found one - a blessing that will surely delight musicians and guitar players, as it is nothing short of genius.
In early 2014, Curt Novara of the Woodward Guitar Company had a guitar-building concept and a brilliant dream which was soon to come to fruition. Curt had the unique idea of creating a different kind of guitar with an unusual build that was made out of a very interesting material indeed (later dubbed the Woodward model guitar).
What makes the Woodward model guitar stand out? It’s not simple craft, it’s an innovative way of making a positive out of the negative Detroit had gotten used to. The guitar is actually constructed out of reclaimed Douglas fir that were once parts of abandoned homes in the city.
The Woodward Guitar Company purchases most of the reclaimed wood from a nonprofit group called Reclaim Detroit. Instead of the materials from the dismantled vacant buildings ending up in landfills and thus merely going to waste, Reclaim Detroit salvages them for further use. It is this reclaimed wood that the Woodward Guitar Company uses to construct the Woodward Model Guitar, providing the material with a sense of soul, immortality and musical magic.
Each Woodward guitar features a maple neck with a beautifully crafted rosewood fretboard, semi-hollow body made out of Douglas fir, hand-wound pickups, and, to top it off, a gorgeous sunburst finish.
The soul of the 100 years old wood breathes and lives on in these amazing and beautifully hand-made guitars. These guitars seem to have a spirit and musical presence that quite simply must be heard and felt to be believed.