Posted on August 16, 2014
We're making this update to let everybody what's going on with Jim and Sullivan Guitars these days. As some of you may or may not know, in September last year Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Jim is now 4½ weeks into a regiment of chemo and radiation treatments and is doing well considering all that has happened in the last 6 months. Jim's first surgery was on Sept 24, 2013 and was not covered by any insurance. Although Jim and his wife Soro have worked very hard at negotiating $180,000 down to around 40 or 50 thousand. Jim still needs about $7,000 worth of dental work not to mention ongoing living expenses. Jim was down in Nashville last week after chemo and radiation playing and contributing to a fellow musician in need at a benefit, which is something that he has never refused to do when asked. Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be incline to give.
Jim's diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Friends & family are fund-raising to help Jim and his family survive the cost of medical treatment. For those that would like to follow Jim's progress, you can do so at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimsullivan
Jim is having a VERY hard time focusing on healing because he and his family are quickly running out of money. Jim understands that donations alone will not help his family during these difficult times. He needs to sell a very fine guitar he built. Bear in mind that Jim is not building guitars anymore because of his health and this one may be the last one he ever builds. You can view the guitar at: http://www.sullivanguitars.com/guitar.php?id=9
This guitar is very honed in as it was Jim's personal guitar for about 7 years. This guitar kicks butt acoustically as well as plugged in. It is very gently used and is in excellent shape and is priced at about half the normal price. Retail asking price on this guitar new would be $10,500.00 but Jim is willing to part with this work of art for only $6,500.00. This is a once in a life time offer on a beautiful guitar that has all the bells and whistles. The funds from the sale of this guitar are needed to pay for cancer treatments. If you know of anyone that is looking for a very fine guitar please let them know about Jim Sullivan.
About this Guitar
SMSA-E - 0007: The hipshot tuner on the low E string, and the ebony buttons in the photos, have been removed. The buttons have been replaced with the original Schaller gold buttons. This SMSA-E features a western red cedar top w/ Australian blackwood back and sides, 7pc laminated neck W/ purple heart center strips. Cocobolo binding, end wedge, heel cap and headstock laminate. Mitered purflings. Back center strip. Spalted maple rossette w/ abalone center. Abalone top purfling. Custom abalone fretboard markers. RMC electronics. Gold Schaller mini tuners.
You can watch The Joys of playing a Jim Sullivan Guitar at:
One of Jim's clients recently wrote this to Jim:
Just wanted to let you know. I took my guitar to a benefit for a local music education org. I belong to. People were blown away by my Sullivan guitar. These were guitarists. I could barely pry it out of the hands of one of the guys I lent it to. Awesome.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated no matter how large or small. Every little bit helps. Jim wants to thank everybody in advance for their prayers and thoughtfulness.