MIN readers who happen to be in Tennessee early in 2017 might be interested in visiting the Songbird Guitar Museum, which opens on 9th March and claims to be the world’s largest collection of rare, vintage guitars. The 7,500 square foot museum boasts a complete collection of over 1,700 instruments and accessories, each with a story to tell. Guitars are grouped by brand, time frame, and linear progression and include acoustic, electric, jazz, bass, mandolin, banjo, and mandocello models.
Top Country guitarist Vince Gill has joined the Songbirds Guitar Museum as an ambassador and he will be present at the opening as well as lending his expertise to the organisation.
“This is the most impressive collection of rare, vintage guitars I have seen,” says Gill, who will curate some of the exhibits. “I am honored and excited to be a part of such a tremendous display of music history.”
“We are incredibly excited to have Vince Gill join the Songbirds team. His connection as a guitar player and his talent as a performer make him a perfect spokesman to help us share our epic collection of guitars with music lovers everywhere,” explains Johnny Smith, President of Songbirds Guitar Museum.
On display will be some of the world’s most sought-after guitars including: a prototype 1950 Broadcaster serial #0009, early Stratocasters including #0102, 0103 and 0104, a pre-war D45 Martin, 34 Gibson Les Paul Sunbursts from 1958-1960 – some of the most expensive of their kind, over 300 custom colour Fenders guitars and over 75 custom colour Gibson Firebird guitars– even more scarce than the Fender custom colours. Visitors will also be able to see over 45 classic Bluegrass flattops, flathead original five string banjos and mandolins.