Donovan signs guitars to teach meditation
April 3, 2014
As reported by Damian Fanelli for guitaraficionado.com, the legendary singer-songwriter Donovan is promoting a re-make of his guitar – to benefit the teaching of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
A legendary instrument brought back to life
Gibson J-45 was a classic make of acoustic guitars back in the heyday of rock music.
Donovan, one of the brightest and most influential stars of that era, admits that he simply could not do without his J-45. “I wrote every song on it from late 1965 into ’70, when it was stolen during a college-town gig,” Donovan says.
Gibson is now launching a new, limited edition of the exact model. To honour Donovan and the music he created on the original guitar – bought on Sunset Boulevard in the mid-Sixties – the new series is meticulously recreated.
Signed by Donovan
“I was speaking to Peter Leinheiser from Gibson two years ago, and I said, ‘My little J-45 still hasn’t turned up’,” Donovan said. “I think he said, ‘You’re being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why don’t we make you one?’”
The guitar features the LR Baggs Lyric acoustic guitar microphone and an amplification system featuring a featherweight microphone.
On top of everything, the labels on the guitars are personally signed by Donovan – and all his proceeds from the guitar will be donated to the David Lynch Foundation for teaching Transcendental Meditation.