Jackson Cunningham Guitar Raffle 2023

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Raffle sales have ended. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 9, 2023 during the Friday Night Jamboree. If you can’t make it in person, the winner announcement and old-time set will be livestreamed free on floydcountrystore.tv.

The Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store & Southwest Virginia luthier Jackson Cunningham are announcing a second chance to win one of Jackson’s beautiful custom-made guitars.

The 2023 Cunningham Raffle guitar was built from a special selection of tone woods collected over the years from local luthiers, wood cutters and musicians around SWVA. The guitar was brought to life in Jackson Cunningham’s workshop in Grayson County, Virginia in the summer of 2022. It is a faithful recreation inspired by the classic steel string models from the pre-war era. This is a versatile guitar masterfully built with responsive tone. It is very adaptable to playing many styles of music from flat picking bluegrass, sweet jazz voicings, to fingerpicking folk and blues, and is a wonderful guitar for backing up an instrumentalist or accompanying vocals.

Raffle tickets are $25 each and all proceeds will benefit programming and the Share The Music Scholarship Fund at the Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store. The raffle will run April 16th through June 9th. The winner will be announcement during the Friday Night Jamboree on June 9th, 2023. Ticket holders must be present at the in person or livestream event or respond within 24 hours of announcement in order to win the instrument. Winner is to contact Handmade Music School at (540) 251-2571 or info@handmademusicschool.com.

Our Goal: To sell at least 1,000 tickets and donate $25,000 to the Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store.

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2023 Jackson Cunningham / Handmade Music School Guitar Raffle

About the Guitar

Anyone who follows my work knows that I like to use locally sourced tone-wood, and woods that have a story or history behind them. The Virginia mountains are home to some of the most prized tone woods, and the Virginia mountains also have been home to generations of old-time music makers. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to think some of these trees have grown up in the presence of the very music they will make when they are built into fine instruments. I felt it was very fitting to use these timbers for this years Handmade Music School/Cunningham guitar fundraiser raffle. The Handmade Music School continues to focus on teaching and encouraging regional music and dance, and a big part of the music in SWVA has been its strong tradition of instrument making.

For the design of the guitar I went with the traditional 1930’s jumbo slope shoulder body shape, Made of presentation grade figured Sugar Maple it has the traditional depth to the body: 4” 13/16 at the end block, and 3” 7/8 at the neck block. The bracing on the back of this guitar are the thinner/taller “Knife” braces, the guitars top is Grayson County Appalachian Red Spruce, and is built with an X brace, with two tapered tone-bars, single finger braces, a transverse brace along with a small “popsicle brace” run along the neck end of the top. All the brace work is done in a delicate fashion, emphasizing taller and thinner profiles, with the finish work done by sharp edge tools, all braces are Appalachian Red Spruce from Virginia. The sides or “Ribs”, are re-enforced with cloth strips and solid 1/8 X 1/2 Mahogany linings like those in some classic 1933 models.

This guitar features a throwback design for the neck and headstock reminiscent of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Made of fine Maple, the neck is carved to a nice “C” shape with a smooth round over on the binding and fretwork that is very pleasing to the touch, and has a french heel carve. The fretboard has a 10” radius at the 1” 3/4 nut, and tapers out to a 2” 3/16 string spacing at the bridge.

A full body sunburst brings the entire combination of woods together beautifully, and guitar is adorned with white/black celluloid binding, double bound on the body, double bound on the neck with tortoise side position dots, double bound headstock and celluloid tortoise pick guard. The guitar will be strung up with DAddario Nickel Bronze medium strings. We will proudly present this guitar in a Virginia-made Harptone professional guitar case graciously donated by Harptone.

Specifications:
  • Virginia Red Spruce top (Haw Orchard Mountain, harvested by Jackson Cunningham in 2011)
  • Virginia Red Spruce bracing (Whitetop Mountain, harvested by Virginia luthiers Tom Barr and Albert Hash in 1982, passed down from Gerald Anderson)
  • Virginia Sugar Maple neck (Virginia luthier Audrey Hash Hamm in 2011)
  • Appalachian Sugar Maple back and sides (sourced from Dickenson county, Virginia)
  • Old Ebony fingerboard (from the workshop of Albert Hash)
  • Old Ebony bridge, and headstock veneer
  • Old seasoned Sugar Maple bridge plate
  • Old growth Honduran Mahogany neck/end blocks
  • Old growth Honduran Mahogany solid linings
  • Mother of Pearl dot inlays
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone saddle
  • Celluloid binding
  • Hot hide glue construction
  • Nitrocellulose instrument lacquer
  • Antique Acoustics bridge pins and endpin
  • 2 3/16 string spacing at bridge
  • 1 3/4” nut width
  • 10” fingerboard radius at nut
  • 24 3/4” scale length
  • Jescar medium frets
  • Compression truss rod
  • Waverly high ratio nickel vintage oval tuners
  • D’Addario medium phosper bronze strings
  • High quality Hardshell case from Virginia-made Harptone

About Jackson Cunningham

Jackson CunninghamJackson Cunningham Handmade Musical Instruments is based in Grayson County, Virginia, USA.

Raised in rural Southern Oregon, Jackson grew up in a home where music and woodworking were a way of life. His father was a master craftsman and these skills were passed down at a very young age. Family ties and a love of music brought Jackson to Southwestern Virginia where he began building instruments full time with the generous help of many local luthiers. His driving inspiration has always been the instruments his musical heroes used to perform classic American roots music.

SW Virginia and has a rich tradition of instrument making, and within this tradition Jackson learned to build first hand under the generous guidance of Audrey Hash Ham, daughter of pioneering fiddle maker Albert Hash. Working with Audrey inspired Jackson to pursue building instruments full time and led to visits with other talented local luthiers including Floyd County banjo maker Mac Traynham, Grayson County guitar maker Wayne Henderson and Floyd County fiddle maker Arthur Conner as well as many others.

After 15 years, the shop remains a one-man operation and handwork is still the foundation of each build. From selection of tonewoods, construction, custom neck profiles, and down to the final fit, finish and setup, Jackson ensures each step is taken with meticulous care. His instruments are sought after by collectors, and have been played by musicians on stages around the globe, They have also been featured at the world’s premier instrument retailers, including Gruhn’s Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee and Folkway Music in Ontario, Canada.

Please contact Jackson Cunningham for updated pricing and build times, all are inquiries welcomed and encouraged. You can contact him at 540-239-6906, or by email, Facebook, or Instagram.

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