Custom Guitars Hold Some Of Cain's Ballroom History
TULSA, Oklahoma - If you go to a concert at Cain's Ballroom these days, you're tapping your toes on a brand new dance floor.
But, what happened to the old floor?
We learned some of it is back home where it belongs.
Tim Clark can make a guitar talk, no doubt about it, and oh, the tales this guitar could tell!
Roger Cowan owns and operates 'Dog Tired Guitars' out of his home in Stillwater.
"What we're using here is stuff that is eighty years in an environment, so, it's well-weathered, well-seasoned, so structurally, it's going to be very stable," Cowan said. "After it's been around this long, you can't lose, this stuff is gonna be fantastic!"
Cowan is putting the finishing touches on four guitars made out of some very special wood - vintage planks salvaged from the old Cain's Ballroom dance floor.
"The vast majority of it is hard rock maple," Cowan said.
The floor made out of hard rock maple, for 80 years absorbing some of the greatest rock n' roll and country and western music that's ever been made.
From Leon to the Kings Of Leon, Elvis Costello, Bob Wills, of course, and so many others.
"The guitar is amazing," said Trey Johnson, GM of Tulsa Band and Guitars. "It's an amazing, functional, playing piece of gear."
And, it could be yours. Johnson is going to raffle off this rarity.
"The money from the raffle is going to go directly to putting instruments in the hands of kids in Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools district," We want to create as many opportunities as possible, so, we might find the next Miles Davis," Johnson said.
Cowan said the guitar and its origins will inspire someone and the way they play.
"If somebody's inspired by the history of this guitar and this wood, then that's going to inspire them to play in a certain way I think," Cowan said. "There's no denying the effect of mojo right and that's because it inspires you in a certain way."
And you're probably wondering, 'what's it worth?'
"I mean, it's priceless, there are four of these things made, ever," Johnson said.
And, because of that, Johnson is setting his fundraising goal as high as the Bob Wills banner.
"My initial goal for the project, just from donations, was six figures," Johnson said. "It's about the community supporting the community, so that's my goal and hopefully we shatter that."
If they do, a lot of Tulsa Public school kids may discover a talent they didn't even know they had.
Raffle tickets cost just $10 dollars and you can buy as many as you like. Click here to view the guitars or to purchase raffle tickets.