StumbleCol The Miracle of Santa Maria

by Colin Merry on May 19, 2019

Sorry it has been a while, but I am back with a new guitar and new song.

Not a Cigar Box Guitar in sight!

Yes a brand new song, the first that I have written on my new modern National Resophonic, 1930`s style Duolian replica. I can report, that is the best guitar for tone and playablity, that I have ever had my hands on.

This song was inspired by the Blind William Johnson song “God Moves On The Water”, which is about the sinking of the Titanic and is one of my all-time favourite songs.

My song is nothing like the BWJ song, but that and the story of the SS Ohio and operation Pedestal, were my inspiration for writing this song.

I am sorry, but I need to give you a little history lesson to explain the story behind this song.

In WW2 the island of Malta was a British military base, from where plains would bomb the German shipping convoys, disrupting the Afrika Korp`s supply lines and hindering its progress in North Africa.

In 1942 the Germans and Italians had a blockade in place around Malta and supply ships could not get through, in desperation the commanders on Malta warned that they may have to surrender.

Malta was said at the time, to be the most bombed piece of land on Earth.

It was believed that if Rommel was not stopped and reached the Suez Canal, the Allies might lose the war, Malta was that important.

A relief convey was put together called operation Pedestal, it was a suicide mission, but it had to succeed.

There were many individual acts of bravery and stories of heroism, along the way and many men made the ultimate sacrifice, but still, five out of the 14 merchant ships made it through, including the US oil tanker SS Ohio and Malta was saved.

Malta is a Catholic island and has always especially revered Mary the Mother of Jesus, the Maltese people prayed to Mary for salvation and the Ohio arrived on the day of the Feast of Assumption, it became known as the Miracle of Santa Maria.

The island of Malta was awarded the George Cross, the highest British civilian medal.

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Many Thanks,

Stumble On,

Col

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Hi guys,
Here is my latest build on offer, The Chestnut Mare, 3-String, through neck, Cigar Box Guitar

This Cigar Box Guitar has a Montecristo box, a Red Grandis, one piece, hardwood neck, with 3-strings, 23 frets, Mother of Pearl, top fret mark inlays, a bone nut and bridge, double Piezo pickup with volume control, antique looking grommets and box corners, a hand made brass tail piece and strap button, both aged.

To read a post and watch a video about this build, please follow the link: http://www.stumblecol.com/demo-the-chestnut-mare-3-string-cigar-box-guitar/
Price: £160.00

price includes £10 Mainland UK Shipping

Before you think about buying this Home Made Instrument,

Please read the statement below!

 

MISSION STATEMENT

With all of my Home Made Instruments I am using Recycled/Reclaimed Materials where ever I can. Some of the Boxes, Timber and Materials that I use may show signs of Wear and Tear, this is natural. Some Instruments are deliberately aged or distressed, this is the way that they are meant to be and not a fault in the build. If you wish to buy an Instrument that is immaculate and appears to have been built by a machine, this is NOT the Instrument for you. Please buy a factory built guitar!

WHY BUY MY CIGAR BOX GUITARS ?

If on the other hand, you wish to own a One Off, Hand Built Instrument with a Unique Look, Feel and Sound, you have come to the right place. My Instruments are robust, they are built to be Reliable, Hard Working Gigging Instruments, not just ornaments to hang on the wall. I have CBG`s that I have built and Gigged 100`s of time, over the last few years and they still stay in tune and play/work well.

IS ONE OF MY BUILDS RIGHT FOR YOU ?

Most of my Instruments are in Open Tunings and are designed for playing Slide Guitar, with an Action low enough to easily play with your fingers for at least the first 7 Frets, but still high enough for Slide Playing. If you wish to play exclusively with your fingers, you may find the action a little high, you could ask me to custom build you something or look at buying a Cigar Box Strum Stick or Dulcimer from somewhere else.

CUSTOM BUILDS

If you are looking to buy an Instrument that you have not seen here on this site, please send me an email, if I can, I will build it for you.

GUARANTEE

All of my Instruments are guaranteed, if you are unhappy with it, I want to know about it, and if it develops a fault, I will happily repair it, not if you drop it down the stairs, but say, if the Electrics pack up. If you do drop it down the stairs, I may be able to fix it, for a price though!

SHIPPING

All prices include UK Main Land shipping, if you are outside the UK, please message me and I will find out the price, to deliver to your location. I am happy for you to arrange with me to collect it, the price will then be £10 less, if this is the case, again please message me.

Many Thanks,

StumbleCol

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