There are guitars that mean something and there are guitars that mean everything.
Several months before Wesseh Freeman tragically passed away, I asked Pastor George in Liberia to talk to the legendary oil can guitarist to make several more instruments to sell in America. I wanted Wesseh to make a living from these. They both loved the idea and Wesseh got to work.
Using only a machete, a rusty pair of wire cutters and his hands, Wesseh crafted three guitars just like his original. Remember that he was 90% blind, too!
Unfortunately, he passed away before we could ever get these guitars to America. The corrupt postal system in Liberia made it difficult.
This past October, an Texan missionary named George Ramirez visited the Liberian ministry of Pastor George Toe and brought home two of the Wesseh guitars. He sent me one last week.
It's exactly like the original. Same can. Same coat hanger frets. Same brake cable strings.
People have asked me if I'm going to put this on display at the Cigar Box Guitar Museum inside Speal's Tavern. I think I'm going to keep it with me for right now. In fact, I'm going to set it up and perform with it.
Wesseh deserves it.
ps. I just completed some fantastic cigar box guitars featuring antique boxes. See them all at StubbySlide.com. Scroll down to see the Easter Guitar Slide Package, too.
SHANE SPEAL & THE SNAKES PERFORM LIVE THIS SATURDAY AT BIG JIM'S SEAFOOD - 2252 Industrial Highway, York PA. Show starts at 7:30pm. Get all the info here!