JOANNA: One-of-a-kind guitar and Blues Event

Guitar builder Joel Edison and spray paint artist Alexander Lancaster have done it again – built and designed a beautiful, unique guitar and donated it to the Topeka Blues Society to help further their mission.

All of Edison’s guitars play effortless with warm tonalities and “Joanna” stays true to his craftsmanship. Lancaster’s ominous portrait of Robert Johnson, progenitor of Delta Blues, sits upon the blue-hued guitar, representing his famous hour down at the crossroads.

The Topeka Blues Society (TBS) is having a raffle to give away “Joanna,” this special one-of-a-kind guitar, during their annual IBC Kick-Off party on January 24.

Raffle tickets are $20 each with only 150 available. You may purchase them in advanced on their website or at the event.

From Joel, About Joanna

Joanna was born after procuring a rare National Guitar Company body from a friend. Learning the history I found this one had never been catalogued or placed into production. Seems the aircraft aluminum was difficult to plate and was abandoned.

Judging from the 4-hole bolt on neck and P-90 pickup configuration I would guess it was made in the early 1960s but can find no documentation or pictures of a completed instrument. The resonator cover plate is also interesting as it is one made for old country artist TutTaylor also famous in the ’50s and ’60s. Evident by the three holes drilled for the pickup controls it was designed for two pickups, National often used a piezo pickup in there builds of the ’60s.

Lacking a neck, one was fabricated of mahogany, maple, rosewood and ebony, fretted using vintage wire a shaped to a vintage hard V shape of the ’30s and ’40s. Butter bean Grover tuners were installed.

A single hand wound P-90 neck pickup and piezo were selected to be used with a blend control to add to the ’60s vibe of the original National guitars.

As for the paint and finish, after sand blasting away the old chrome finish Joanna was primed and painted and sent to Alexander Lancaster for a recreation of Robert Johnson at the cross roads at midnight. Now all setup and ready to play.”

Tas Cru


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