The Lucille Project - Viva Musica's Guitar Apprenticeship Program
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“From the time I started playing guitar; B.B. King has been my inspiration.”
After hearing B.B. King for the first time at 11 years old, Rick realized his life’s calling was to play the guitar. One day, Rick’s mother came home with a surprise – an old guitar! Rick played and played, so much that the strings started to fall off the instrument and his fingers were sore and callused. During high school, Rick was inspired by a B.B. King song, “Lucille,” which was written about King’s guitar. The song lyrics express King’s passion for his guitar and the significant loving relationship that a musician has for his instrument.
After hearing “Lucille,” Rick came up with an idea to build his own guitar. After all, it was time for a new instrument, money was scarce, and there were plenty of trees in his St. Paul backyard to choose from.
Today, Rick continues to pay tribute to King and Lucille’s legendary relationship by building beloved guitars for many musicians around the world.
LaDoten Custom Guitars is the dream of a young man whose love of the guitar began when he heard B.B. King passionately sing about Lucille. To this day, the reason why LaDoten Guitars is still committed to creating unique and inspiring guitars is to bring out the soul of each person that plays one. Rick’s passion is simple; to build guitars that ignite the same spirited enthusiasm as B.B. King had with his Lucille.
B.B. had Lucille, and today, Rick has Pearl. The inspiring relationship between musician and instrument is the idea behind Viva Musica’s partnership
with LaDoten Custom Guitars.