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 Posted: Sat Apr 5th, 2008 01:58 am
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When we lived in Nashville, in 1998 a tornado ripped through parts of the city. That unfortunately ripped apart the gorgeous shade trees that lined the drive way to Old Hickory's home, The Hermitage, ever since the time he lived there. One was a famous 275 year old tulip poplar tree.

Gibson Guitar Company stepped up and used that precious wood from that ancient tree  to make fabulous commemorative guitars. I wish I could have bought one. They went for a premium. The name "Old Hickory" is inlaid on the fretboard. One guitar was given to the Smithsonian Institute and the others were sold with the proceeds going to help maintain and restore The Hermitage. Those guitars must be collectors' items.

Gibson Guitars are headquartered in Nashville. At least they were then. I thought it was a generous thing for them to do to make the best use possible of an ancient tree the tornado brutally ripped apart.

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