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The history of Luna Guitars...

Published: Sat September 30, 2006  News Feed

Meet Yvonne de Villiers, the accomplished stained-glass artist who envisioned Luna Guitars. Yvonne's inspiration for a line of guitars designed to maximize playing comfort came from her mother, Hilda Williers, an electric bass player for more than 40 years.

For years, Yvonne watched her pioneering mom perform with a succession of popular rock groups. In fact, Hilda - now in her 8 th decade - still plays the occasional gig. As her mom's #1 fan, Yvonne couldn't help but notice the physical struggle that petite Hilda went through each time she'd strap on a heavy electric bass and take the stage to play the music she loves.

There must be other female musicians like her mother, Yvonne reasoned. Women who'd welcome a guitar uniquely tailored to fit their bodies, their hands, and their musical styles. With them in mind, Yvonne created Luna Guitars - a line of instruments made for female musicians of all ages and crafted with a luminous visual beauty to engage women's minds and spirits along with their talent.

Her 25-year career in creating and producing award-winning architectural stained glass - she calls it "sculpting light" - enabled Yvonne to hone the fine artistic skills needed to envision and bring to life the exquisitely delicate inlaid designs that make Luna Guitars so captivating.

With the eye of the consummate artist, Yvonne applied the same passionate and radiant color palette that graced her glasswork to her new line of guitars. Rich hues that shimmer and shine with every movement provide an eye-catching complement to the full-bodied musical tones Luna Guitars deliver. Yvonne's design expertise has led so many men to respond to Luna's well-crafted, spirit-engaging instruments that the company now creates guitars for both female and male musicians of all ages.

If her mom first inspired the guitars' design, what moved Yvonne to name these exciting new instruments Luna ? "The moon has a cool, guiding light," she explains. "I envisioned Luna embodying that same healing and enchanting essence. Not a hot look-at-me attitude, but a reflective look-at-yourself...you're beautiful quality. With that in mind, I feel that Luna Guitars and the individuals who play them will express each other perfectly."

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