Maine to Macon a success

Oct 03, 2018
Jim Macdonald’s “Eat a Peach Tribute” guitar recreates the artwork from the Allman Brothers’ most famous album.

Burnham — Local luthier and woodworker Jim Macdonald has delivered his “Eat a Peach Tribute” guitar to the Big House Museum in Macon, Ga.

Master woodworker Macdonald has been making finely crafted electric guitars featuring hand-cut marquetry at his Waldo County home since 2013 … and he is a longtime fan of the Allman Brothers. Inspired by the original artwork inside the album cover on the Allman Brothers’ most famous album, “Eat A Peach,” he set to work on a tribute guitar in 2015.

The original artwork, by Wonder Graphics, features a whimsical mural of mushrooms and fairies under a fiery sun — a trippy reminder of the early ‘70s and the southern rock ‘n’ roll that defined this era. Macdonald hand-cut pieces of wood veneer and completed the detailed drawings using a knife-tipped woodturning pen. All in all, he spent nearly a 1,000 hours making the guitar.

In May, Macdonald launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the guitar's journey from his studio to the Big House, to be presented at the GABBAfest in September. More than 100 friends and lovers of craft, guitars and the Allman Brothers gave their support, and $15,000 was raised to cover the cost of the guitar and a trip to Georgia.

The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association event filled Macon with great music all weekend, and its Members Jam gave Macdonald a wonderful way to present the “Eat a Peach Tribute” guitar to the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. After playing a few tunes with other musicians, including his friend Dave "Trash" Cole, Macdonald offered thanks and appreciation to all who helped make the effort a success and handed the guitar to Warren "Skoots" Lyndon, who had reached out on Facebook more than a year ago and envisioned a path to get the guitar to the Big House.

Lyndon handed the guitar to Richard Brent, the museum's director, and it officially became part of the permanent collection. Later, one of the weekend music festival's headline performers, Sonny Moorman, took the guitar back to the stage and played some sweet music.

“The guitar will be hung on a plaque that I have made which describes the guitar and my love for the Allman Brothers music, and includes the names of the people who contributed to the crowdfund to gift the guitar to the Museum,” Macdonald said on his return to Maine.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Burnham’s Jim Macdonald, left, plays his “Eat a Peach Tribute” guitar at the Big House Museum in Macon, Ga.
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