Guitarist Charlie Hunter at Harlow’s

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If you’ve ever tried to play the guitar, or just touched a guitar, or even looked at a guitar, then you’ll quickly appreciate the fact that Charlie Hunter is one of the most amazing performers you will ever see. Instead of the traditional 6-string models made famous by Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Chet Atkins, or the 4-string bass guitar played by everyone from Paul McCartney to Sting, Hunter plays a hybrid 8-string guitar that mixes together three strings of a bass with five strings of a guitar. In an amateur’s hands, it would be a complete and utter train wreck, but in Hunter’s able and nimble paws it’s a funky fiesta of musical goodness.

A local product, having grown up in Berkeley and Sacramento, Hunter, now living in New York, has one of the most impressive résumés in jazz, with multiple awards, numerous guest appearances and more than 17 albums under his own name.

He’ll be playing at Harlow’s on Dec. 10 with longtime collaborator and Berkeley native Scott Amendola in what is sure to be a groovy, funky, jazzy evening of incredible music.

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Harlow’s, 2708 J St. Tickets $20.  Buy them here.