Watch: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays “The 1608″
Members of folk-rock favourites Bon Iver have been working with whiskey makers Bushmills, creating a guitar made from whiskey barrels. Now you can watch a short clip of Justin Vernon playing this guitar, dubbed “The 1608″.
The guitar was designed by Vernon and built by luthier Gordy Bischoff, a resident of Vernon’s hometown Eau Claire. The instrument is being auctioned on eBay to raise funds for the Confluence Project, which, according to Vernon, hopes to “put art back on the map in Eau Claire. Far too many artists from this area have had to leave because what we want to do with our lives just isn’t possible here. That’s what the Confluence Project is: to build a center that can be a nucleus for art here in Eau Claire.”
You can watch a short clip of Justin Vernon plain “The 1608″ below:
To find out more about the guitar and the Confluence Project, check out the following clip:
‘Bon Iver’ is out now on Jagjaguwar through Inertia.