By Serena Markstrom
AUGUST 3, 2012
At last year’s blues festival, [Don Greenough, of Fox Hollow Guitars] noticed then 13-year-old Savanna Coen coveting the guitar that was up for raffle. More than once he spotted her holding it before the drawing had taken place.
Coen was pretty sure she was going to win it, but that wasn’t how things worked out.
Greenough had not yet heard the young blues singer and songwriter, but when he did he was inspired to build her a custom guitar free of charge. Coen received that guitar recently and debuted it last month at the Fan Festival at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
“It’s really awesome and it’s really fun to play,” Coen said. “I’ve gotten tons of compliments.”
Hers is an emerald green, hollow-body guitar that can be played acoustically or electrically. Its back is zebra wood and the front is maple, and it has a detachable neck so she can put it in a suitcase.
“It’s just a fantastic feeling that I have such a dedicated fan out there (who) worked so hard on this guitar for me,” said Coen, who plays this weekend at 3:30 p.m. at the Saturday Market.
“I am really grateful to him,” Coen said. “I know a lot of famous musicians sell their guitars for a lot of money.
“I’m not going to do that. I’m going to keep it forever.”