Gibson brings guitar art to Memphis

Gibson brings guitar art to Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - You'll soon be able to see towering works of art around Memphis, thanks to Gibson Guitars.

Gibson Guitar Factory unveiled their latest charity project, GuitarTown, on Friday morning.

The new eight-foot guitars cannot make music, but they will be seen around the city, designed by Memphis artists to help Memphis charities.

"What city deserves this more than Memphis?" Gibson general manager David Winter said. "As far as honoring Memphis and musicians, and the proceeds will go to two Memphis foundations, the Memphis Charitable Foundation and ALSAC St. Jude."

In Spring 2017, the works of art will be auctioned off to charity.

The guitars were commissioned by local artists like Debbie Richmond, Damon Nabors, and Lamar Sorrento.

"It feels good, you know.  It's the first time I'm doing something worthwhile this week," Sorrento said.

Sorrento's artwork was dedicated to one of his favorite Memphis legends, B.B. King.

"He played Lucilles all during the sixties," Sorrento said. "I just wanted it to look like that, because I thought that was the coolest looking guitar ever."

Before the guitars go up for auction, you'll be able to see them across the city of Memphis.

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