Update: On December 2, 2012 Dad lost his battle with brain cancer.

Robert Childs’ Guitar is a running series here on ninebullets that has a special place in my heart. In the past few years my father had picked back up playing the guitar and sometime in early 2011 he decided that he was gonna build one. Now, my father had built plenty of things in his life; churches, shopping centers, the house he and my mother live in but a guitar is a completely different beast. While some folks get an idea, buy a kit and glue it together he went and bought a set of plans and some boards. For the better part of the year he and a friend cut, re-cut, sanded and glued pieces of wood together until sometime in September 2011 all that was left was some tuning pegs a bridge and a pickguard from an honest to god, hand built guitar.

In late October of 2011 my father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and in November had a tumor the size of a grapefruit removed from his head. Neither me nor my brother have any true musical talents so either of us keeping the guitar seemed (to me) to be a disservice to both the instrument and my father’s spirit since it would just find itself collecting dust in a corner until we died too. So I cooked up this silly scheme…

Ninebullets allows me access to lots of musicians so why not take them my dad’s guitar. Record them playing some songs on it and post it all on the internet. The guitar gets used for it’s intended purpose and through that, in some small way, maybe my father will live on. I discussed it with my brother and father who thought it was a great idea and in May of 2012 I brought the guitar home and began the process of making these videos.

So. That’s the backstory for “Robert Chids’ Guitar”….please enjoy the songs…


  1. Just to get this on record;

    This is the best idea for a series of articles on any music-blog or likewise themed magazine ever. It is the perfect way to keep your fathers spirit with you, in your life and on the blog.

  2. Dude, that is SOOOO bad ass!!! As a recent survivor (and defeater) of throat cancer, I can definitely get behind this!!!

    I’ll see what I can do to help out your cause!

  3. I’m so sorry that your dad has to go through cancer, but this is an amazing was to keep his legacy alive! I can’t wait to see who you get to play his guitar!

  4. This is a wonderful sounding guitar and a very loving story behind it. I will happily follow its travels!
    Thank you Mr. Childs

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