Alhambra Mine (Blue Bell Mine), Black Hawk District (Bullard's Peak District), Big Burro Mts, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
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A young master guitar maker lived & worked a short distance from the Alhambra mine across the arroyo from the Black Hawk in the Black Hawk District. During the 1980s and early '90s (before the major reclamation project) he mined the dumps of the Alhambra for a number of years, collected enough silver to melt, draw into wire and use as inlay on the body & fret-board of his guitars. After the reclamation, I heard it said that he moved his entire operation to Canada to be closer to a source of his preffered wood. The guitars were certainly works of art both visually and tonally AND they were COMPLETELY hand-made.....including the silver inlay!!!
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Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols (2000), "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 4.