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2018 LTHN Raffle Guitar

This DeLuxe Grade F-14 we’ve built for the Lakota Tiny House Nation raffle is unique in both its materials and appointments. The body of the guitar is built with woods that have been repurposed to create a remarkable instrument.   The raffle opened March 7, 2018.  Only 1500 tickets will be sold.   http://froggybottomraffle.com   The drawing will be held  after the 1500th ticket is sold - We're aiming for July 6 -- only 138 tickets to go as of June 29, 2018.

The back and side material is Honduras Mahogany from a tree that was harvested in 1965, legendary in guitar-building circles it is known simply as ‘The Tree.’

Repurposed from a large slab table built from ‘The Tree,’ the back and sides are visually and sonically magnificent examples of what made this tree legendary. They are singularly beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime quality, quilted mahogany. 

Matched in age, the soundboard for the guitar is Douglas Fir, cut from repurposed gym seats taken out of a school in Pennsylvania!

These materials give the guitar a complex and powerful voice. The instrument responds to nuanced finger picking or hard-driving bluegrass with equal ease. It will be equally at home with either light or medium gauge strings, as you prefer.

Like all our DeLuxe Grade guitars, this F-14 features a bound headstock; our #3 fretboard inlays; Paua abalone rosette ring and back seam inlay; and it is bound with heavily-figured bigleaf maple.

The guitar’s crowning appointment is the very last mammoth ivory heelcap engraved by fine artist Petria Mitchell. Petria retired from engraving four years ago and we’ve been saving this last, vibrant piece – a powerful grizzly bear – for a special instrument. In this guitar, it found a home.It has been an honor for us to work with these components of this quality. We have approached them, and offer them to you, with gratitude: great materials to build  a great instrument in service to a great cause.

The retail price of this prize guitar is $14,485.


The Cause:   Lakota Tiny House Nation


Lakota Tiny House Nation was conceived to provide Lakota Youth living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a meaningful and measurable project that could be taught, transferred, and sustained by the youth and young adults.

The program provides job training, community building, a tangible, equity-building asset and much needed housing in overcrowded, underserved communities.

The need for housing  on Pine Ridge underscores a bigger issue of youth depression and suicide. It is a byproduct of the poverty, isolation, overcrowding and exposure to alcoholism, violence and other stressors which come from being an oppressed nation for so many generations.

While MANY Lakota are able to rise above the challenges of living on the Reservation,, many are not.  LTHN was created to provide a tangible skill (building skills) and asset (a home) so that families can extricate themselves from some of the situations that contribute to depression in youth.

With this, the youth have purpose, meaning and a way to contribute to their families which is a core Lakota value. 


Our fiscal partner:  One Spirit   http://nativeprogress.org/en/ 

Raffle tickets will go on sale March 7, 2018  at  http://froggybottomraffle.com.  


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