St. Blues Makes the Prettiest Guitars in Memphis
Living in a city full of musicians is a little intimidating if you don’t really have any rock’n’roll talent.
I was in band in high school (marching tuba, concert contrabass clarinet) and I can play four songs on the ukulele that my husband gave me for my birthday (Sheena is a Punk Rocker, 26 Miles, and You Can’t Always Get What You Want, in case you were curious). Last time I checked, high school marching band wasn’t terribly cool.
When I stopped into St. Blues Guitar Workshop yesterday afternoon, I felt a little lost.
St. Blues started making guitars in 1984. Their first guitar was called the Bluesmaster, a pretty, curvy electric that’s been played by Bono, Eric Clapton, Albert King, and a slew of other big deal guitarists.
After a 17 year-long hiatus, St. Blues Guitar Workshop returned to Memphis. Every guitar from St. Blues is finished and set up in their showroom / workspace on Marshall in Midtown.
Their completely gorgeous hand-crafted guitars can get expensive. If I could play guitar (and had a bunch of cash), I would totally go for this Bluesmaster. St. Blues has a scratch and dent rack that’s full of near-perfect guitars that have minor issues that don’t affect the quality of the guitar but prevent them from being sold to a dealer.
I’m quite partial to that bright yellow one, and the orange one (top left). I hope they go to a good home.
645 Marshall Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103