FLORIS VAN BOMMEL MEETS THEO SCHARPACH
A guitar and a shoe, made from the same wood. Or better yet: a guitar and a shoe made from the same leather…
Floris: ”While our throwaway society is shifting into higher gear, we choose to celebrate craftsmanship with guitar maker Theo Scharpach.”
Master guitar builder Theo Scharpach designed a new guitar model where the back and sides are finished with Floris van Bommel leather. Inspired by the guitar’s look, we designed a shoe and belt made from that same leather.
Floris: “For the past 40 years, master guitar builder Theo Scharpach gained wide recognition in the international music world with his high-end custom-made instruments. Without losing sight of the beauty of the instrument, Theo designs and builds guitars that have their own, characteristic sound.“
Floris: “Daniel is one of the most talented German guitarists. He combines his jazz background with influences from pop and classical music and has developed his own, super-musical style.”
Floris: “If I could choose one movie to send into space with a spacecraft so that aliens can get to know our planet, I would pick a Lassie DVD. This way, when aliens come to earth after watching the film and come across someone walking his dog, they would probably start talking to the dog rather than the owner. That would be the best intergalactic prank ever!"
Floris: “After the planning phase for the guitar, Theo and I decided early on that we wouldn’t just build one, but two guitars. One guitar will serve as an icon and tour the brand stores and authorised dealers while the other one will actually be played. We were looking for the right match for quite a while. We were after an exceptionally talented guitarist who was able to bring out all the tunes that Theo has put into the guitar. Our search finally ended when we met Daniel Stelter. By now, I’ve also had the chance to listen to Daniel play the Memphis `T FvB. And what a sweet sound that is!”
Both guitar and shoes will be travelling through our brand stores and authorised dealer shops. Wherever the guitar will be on display is also where a limited edition of the accompanying shoe will be exclusively available. Please check our tour dates for further details.
Floris: “Theo starts out with a piece of thirty-year-old wood which he planes, sands, paints and mills to millimetre accuracy. Out comes a guitar that makes top guitarists take a deep bow. Truly epic and inspiring.”
The Memphis `T is a unique, custom-built, hollow-body Thinline type guitar. The shape of the back panel finished with leather inlays is one of a kind. The body is made of solid maple. The body’s front panel has been worked in such a way that it looks similar to the leather croco relief pattern along the sides and the back of the guitar. Several coatings of varnish give the wood the same metallic-blue look as the leather. The encasings of the elements are custom-built. All wooden parts are entirely hand-crafted. Both the back and sides of the guitar are made of Madagascan cedar wood.