The Jimson – Behind The Name

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I have been getting asked lately about he meaning behind the Jimson model name.  To me the “T” style guitar and the music created by it, are a reflection of the southwest. So like most of my sources for inspiration, I looked into mother nature for a name. The Desert Southwest is a home to me and a huge inspiration in my work. The patinas, desert varnish and lichens all seem to play a major role in my choice of aesthetics. The winding canyons and mysteries captivate me, and so do the adventures of guitar building.

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 With my Jimson model, the name is derived from a night blooming desert flower, “Moonflower” “Datura”. Its in the morning glory family, and grows in the southwest United States (probably other places to) but its kind of an icon for that area.  It grows along the Colorado river and in the winding canyons. The huge white flowers bloom at night, and under a full moon glow bright like light bulbs.

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Attached to the plants viney arms are large thorny seed pods.

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One of the earliest and most common references to this plant  are in the Gene Autry song, Back In the Saddle Again – “the longhorn  cattle feed  on the lonely Jimson weed” .  Its also a main ingredient in a psychedelic recipe, in Carlos Castaneda’s – The Teachings of Don Juan – A Yaqui way of Knowledge….

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2 Comments on “The Jimson – Behind The Name”

  1. Denis McKeown

    Dear Scott, sitting with my Jimson (SN 3915), not even plugged in just strumming and reading your web pages … and you mention Carlos Casteneda. How strange. I read Carlos back in the 1970s. I love your guitar so very much, so love from England. I can imagine Bill Frisell playing the Jimson.

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