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Topeka Blues Society


SammyJean-2The Topeka Blues Society (TBS) is having a raffle for Sammy Jean, an original guitar built by luthier Joel Edison, during our annual IBC Kick-Off Party, Friday, January 12th, at Uncle Bo’s.

Joel Edison said Sammy Jean was born from an idea to combine a feature he liked that other builders had done. He created the body from flamed maple for the top, and a one-piece mahogany for the back of the body, to resemble his favorite Telecaster-style guitar. The neck is from another piece of flamed maple, shaped as a large, wide profile topped with jumbo frets. The heart and soul are in the electronics. Sammy bares two humbucking pickups designed by Edison, with a 5-way switch to combine the use of the inner and outer coils, as well as normal switching. Sammy’s sound can range from a Stratocaster to a Les Paul, and then some. The top is stained light blue to match a pair of well-worn jeans, and the back and neck are left natural. Sammy has eight coats of clear lacquer and is hand-buffed. Edison built this guitar in 2014.

Joel Edison has been building guitars for over 40 years. He attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar making and repair) in Phoenix and spent time in the shop of Topeka guitar legend Dan Falley. Edison has contributed several guitars to Jam4Dan fundraisers, and this is his fourth guitar donated for the benefit of the Topeka Blues Society.

Tickets are $20 each, and there are only 150 tickets available. Your presence is not required to win. Get your ticket(s) at any TBS event, Uncle Bo’s, or here using PayPal.