Local Blake Marks, with the help of Steve Teague and Don Lalonde, created beautiful gutiars honoring the men and women who served during 9/11. They’re also working on creating guitars for each branch of the military. Wednesday on News15 at Noon, they showed off their meaningful 9/11 creation and unveiled their first military branch guitar.
From Blake Marks:
In September of this year I was contacted by Brent Cortez and John Saucier, who are both retired firefighters. They were interested in building a guitar themed around 9 -11. Their idea was of a double neck guitar with the necks representing the twin towers. In this guitar design they requested to include The Spirit of Louisiana (the fire truck donated from Louisiana to New York), plus other images from footage and photos of 9 -11. The guitar was ordered as a raw kit. The first step in the design was customizing a leather pickguard. The engraving of the guitar came next. A total of five people came together in working on the guitar. The guitar design and build was done by me. Metal engraving was done by Don Lalonde, with Louisiana Laser Systems.
Guitar wiring and setup was performed by Ricky Vaughn, with Tricky Bayou-Caster. Guitar component machining was with Matt Guidry, with Cajun Outdoor Products. Pickguard stitching done by Steve Teague, with S&D.
With so much thought and work being put into the initial build, Steve Teague and I
decided a case for the guitar needed to be made. Case was built from scratch. Exterior of the case was designed and engraved by The Blake Marks Studio. Interior of the case was lined and covered by Steve Teague with S&D.
All work was performed and donated in memory of the fallen firefighters and all who
perished in 9 – 11. This piece will be donated to Louisiana Firemen’s Association. Permanent display is yet to be determined.