Now that I've finished Jack's guitar and the NTB guitar, it's time to get started on some more commissions. Sorry, this is going to be a longish post... There's a venue in Tulsa called Cain's Ballroom that's been an historic music hall for decades. It was built in 1924 and was the place from where Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys used to broadcast their first radio show, and it earned the nickname The Carnegie Hall of Western Swing. Besides Bob Wills, it hosted other notable greats like Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams Sr, and Tex Ritter. It was also a hopping dance hall at that time, famous for it's spring loaded, maple floor laid out in a concentric square pattern. There are still folks around Tulsa who have very fond memories of the dances at Cains. Another of it's distinctive features is the 4' neon star in the middle of the roof above the dance floor. There was a period during the '60s where the place fell into disrepair, but luckily it was purchased and brought back to life in time to see some great modern bands come through, including Jerry Lee Lewis, George Clinton, Jack White, Elvis Costello, and Beck. One of the most seemingly-odd for Tulsa was the Sex Pistols. Cain's was one of only 7 stops on their 1978 US tour. Today, Cain's is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an iconic building in Tulsa. So now for the fun part. I was able to get in touch with the family that owns Cain's, and they've given me some of the original flooring to build 4 guitars. 2 of them will be for Cain's, 1 will be a donation guitar to raise money for Tulsa Public Schools music education, and 1 will be part of my Heritage Series (more on that later). The 2 for Cain's will each be done in a different style. 1 will be classic tele with a maple neck and fretboard. I'll probably make the pickguard from an old Bob Wills record. And to bring in another Cain's feature, I'll likely inlay the star in the upper horn. The venue owner asked if I could inlay CAIN'S down the fretboard, so that'll probably happen as well. Still haven't decided on the style for the 2nd, but I think I'd like to make it more punk-ish to pay tribute to when the Sex Pistols played there. And I'll probably inlay the L-shaped neon sign so that it basically rests behind and below the bridge. The one for TPS music education I've not got a clue on just yet. The 4th guitar is for Dog Tired. I've got a series of guitars called the Heritage Series. These are a limited run. There are 77 counties in Oklahoma, and my goal is to get wood from 1 old structure in each county and build one guitar out of that structure. It'll come with a detailed history, certificate of authenticity, and some professional photos of the structure as well. My original idea wasn't to necessarily use historic structures, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to use this wood. For all the guitars, I'm not going to put any other finish on the bodies. I'll just clean up the maple and let the history come through with the worn, dented, finish of the old floor. Also, each guitar will have a custom neck plate with the plain CAIN'S font and number in the series (1/4, 2/4, etc).