The day I learned about the charity Jail Guitar Doors (JGD), I ran to the wood shop, bought some ash and curly maple, and started sawing. JGD works toward a more fair and just America. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing musical instruments and mentorship to help rehabilitate prisoners through the transformative power of music. They implement prison programs and produce concert events; advance new solutions to diminish prison violence and recidivism; and support organizations that engage in policy reform efforts and partner with social service groups to help people in prison successfully rejoin the outside world.
I chose to reimagine the JGD logo as a key shaped guitar with a brick wall body (stone textured paint over ash and curly maple), rusty bars (dowels with hammered metal and rust textured paint) between blaze orange pickups, black and white fretboard (ebony and maple), chain strap, and a key themed headstock. My fingerprints and my signature adorn the headstock with rust eroding away my identity much as a prison sentence can overshadow the identity of the incarcerated and ex-convicts. I’m proud to donate this guitar to JGD to assist their work in breaking down walls in the land of the free.