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Ryman/Washburn Acoustic Guitar

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The product of a collaboration between Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, part of the Grand Ole Opry Group and Washburn International, the Ryman acoustic is handcrafted from the Ryman's original oak pews. The Ryman was renovated by Gaylord Entertainment in 1992. An interesting recycling project, the guitars were made in Washburn's Custom Shop and are said to "carry an historical resonance that tributes the heritage of the past and the spirit of the future."

Some features of the Ryman Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar are: inlayed mother-of-pearl fret markers with the date 1892 at the 12th fret, the year the Union Gospel Tabernacle was built; a truss rod cover shaped to look like the carvings on the original Ryman pews; a rosewood pin bridge with pearl rosette inlays; and finally, the headstock has a pearl inlay of "The Ryman" and 18kt gold rosette. Other good things are the Grover vintage-style gold-plated tuners, Fishman acoustic pickup, hand-rubbed finish and an oval-shaped soundhole parchment paper tag featuring an image of the Ryman with guitar serial numbers designated by using actual ticket seat and row nomenclature.

With hard-shell case, private label strings, Ryman picks and strap, a book on the history of the Ryman Auditorium and complete certificate of authenticity, the guitar sells for $6,250 MSRP. Only 243 of these rare, thin-line acoustics will be made and for much more about this instrument, contact Ryman Auditorium at 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219 or call 615-254-1445 Web to:

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