Big Joe Williams
Ok, this goes out to all the gearheads out their wondering just what, exactly, is a 9-string acoustic guitar. Any description of his guitar is inadequate. It starts with a big flat-top Sovereign acoustic, amplified as an afterthought. Masking tape holds the body together and keeps the pick-up from falling out. An extra set of pegs is attached to the top of the head, and the holes are drilled in the bridge to accommodate the three extra strings. These double the first, second and fourth strings. The guitar is tuned in G (open tuning): d-g-d-d-g-b-b-d-d. Joe plays with the first, sometimes the second fret capoed.
Final Resting Place:
3154-3272 Crigler Road
Crawford, Mississippi, 39743
Grave Location:Williams Family Plot
Grave Location Description
From Crawford City Hall in downtown Crawford, Mississippi drive 4.3 miles to Bethesda Road (unpaved). Turn left on Bethesda and drive .5 miles to the fork at the church on the right. Stay to the right and drive 1.0 miles to the end of the road. Turn left onto Crigler Road and drive to the first curve in the road just past the house on your right. Look to your right and you will see Big Joe’s upright monument from the road in the overgrown small cemetery.