Jackson Cunningham Guitar Raffle 2024

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

This year’s guitar was built from a special selection of tone woods collected over the years from local luthiers, wood cutters and musicians around Southwest Virginia. The guitar was brought to life in Jackson Cunningham’s workshop in Grayson County, Virginia in the Summer of 2024. It is a faithful recreation inspired by the classic steel string models from the pre-war era. It 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 $30 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 August 19th through October 3rd. The winner will be announcement during the Friday Night Jamboree on October 4th, 2024. 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 1,500 tickets and donate $45,000 to the Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store.

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2024 Jackson Cunningham / Handmade Music School Guitar Raffle

About the Guitar

This year’s guitar was built from a special selection of tone woods collected over the years from local luthiers, wood cutters and musicians around Southwest Virginia. The guitar was brought to life in Jackson Cunningham’s workshop in Grayson County, Virginia in the Summer of 2024. It is a faithful recreation inspired by the classic steel string models from the pre-war era. It 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.

The guitar is a gorgeous 12-fret small body guitar, boasting the finest quality tone woods and a stunning Sweet Tea Sunburst varnish finish. Inspired by the classic steel string guitars from the early 1930’s, it is very adaptable to playing many styles of music and equally suited for fingerstylists or flatpickers. It is also a wonderful guitar for backing up an instrumentalist or accompanying vocals.

The old growth Appalachian Red Spruce top wood was harvested, seasoned, and air-dried for over ten years and generously donated by the Hampton Brothers Wood Company to Jackson for the build. The choice top wood is precisely graduated and voiced for a brilliant and articulate tone. Delicately carved braces produce a natural responsiveness and are made of Appalachian Red Spruce sourced from The Grayson Highlands in Southwestern Virginia. The 12 frets to the body neck is carved from premium old stock Honduran Mahogany to a comfortable rounded “C” shape. It’s 1 3/4 nut width and 14” fingerboard radius creates a satisfying vintage feel and fits the modern players hands effortlessly. A carbon fiber rod reinforces the neck and contributes to the guitars lightweight feel. The headstock veneer, fingerboard, and bridge are of strikingly beautiful straight grained old growth Brazilian Rosewood. “The Cunningham” logo was hand-engraved in Mother of Pearl by fellow Virginia luthier, Greg Galbreath at Buckeye Banjos, and is paired nicely with the MOP nut.

Another distinctive feature of this guitar are the Rickard Cyclone High Ratio Banjo Tuning Pegs, with a 10:1 gear ratio they are the most precise tuning machine available and are customized with exquisite Mother of Pearl buttons. These woods and materials are all brought to life with a beautiful French Polished Spirit Varnished “Sweet Tea” sunburst finish, reminiscent of the classic steel string guitars of the 1930’s. Once again, Virginia’s Harptone Case Company has donated a high quality Classic hardshell case that protects and displays this guitar perfectly.

Specifications:
  • Old growth Appalachian Red Spruce top donated by The Hampton Brothers Wood Company.
  • Old Growth Honduran Mahogany back, sides and neck
  • Internal braces made of Grayson Highlands Red Spruce
  • Solid Honduran Mahogany linings/blocks
  • Brazilian Rosewood Finger Board, Bridge and headstock veneer
  • 12 frets to the body
  • The Cunningham” Mother of Pearl script logo, hand engraved by Greg Galbreath
  • Rickard Cyclone High Ratio Tuning Pegs with Mother of Pearl buttons
  • Mother of Pearl nut
  • Celluloid bindings
  • French-Polished Spirit Varnish finish
  • 24.75 scale length
  • 1 3/4 nut width
  • 2 5/16 saddle spacing
  • 14” FB radius
  • Carbon fiber neck reinforcement bar
  • Bone saddle
  • Antique Acoustics bridge pins/end pin
  • Nickel/silver frets
  • Professional hardshell case made in Virginia and donated by Harptone Case Company

About Jackson Cunningham

Jackson Cunningham

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

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 to him at a very young age. Through the years he began building musical instruments full time with the generous help of many local luthiers around Southwest Virginia. His driving inspiration has always been to recreate the instruments his musical heroes played and performed on.

For over 15 years, his shop has remained a one-man operation and handwork is still the foundation of each build. From selection of tone-woods, construction, and to the final fit and finish, Jackson ensures each step is taken with meticulous care. His instruments are sought after by musicians, collectors, and enthusiasts all around the world. Jackson’s instruments have also been featured at some of the industries premier instrument retailers, including Gruhn’s Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee and Folkway Music in Ontario, Canada. All inquiries are welcomed and encouraged.

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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