Songbirds Guitar Museum Closing

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  1. wacolo

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    Well dang it!

    That’s very disappointing!
     
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    Maybe they will have a going out of business sale ?
     
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    Yes, a pal and I were planning a weekend up there as soon as this pestilence had passed. Damn it.
     
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    will the Backlund models be discounted again?

    - Asking for John :oops:
     
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    Been there twice, both times I (and company) was the only one around but it seemed like there were a lot of corporate events in the area. I did recall thinking the cost of admission might be a barrier to folks who aren't guitar nerds.
     
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    Yeah ... it was kind of like paying $20 bucks to walk around in a Guitar Center .
     
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    Well, 'cept for the vintage aspect, lol.

    But, Dave's in a LaCrosse has a free upstairs museum with about 300+ beauties if anyone wants a vintage fix. And if you buy something there they might be real nice and let you pluck some gems.
     
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    Oh, and FYI, TDPRI and Songbirds do have a sort of relationship going way back.


    When ebay still listed usernames Songbirds partner (founder?) "We Buy Guitars" (a former shop turned collection in NYC) felt like the top bidder to every vintage gem listed on ebay that was cool enough to start a thread on here. So users would be all "of course it's We Buy Guitars" at the end of the auction!

    Eventually usernames became private so who knows how long that went on, lol.
     
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    Wow, never been there or heard of the place before now. Very sorry to hear of it’s closing, though. Looks like a great place.
     
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    I just found out about it, oh hell. I work about 60 miles from there there, at least I still have some time if I can get off my ass. Thanks for the notice.
     
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    That's good to know too. Though you can at least handle the wares at Guitar Center
     
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    So, what is / was the basis of the collection? Vintage, famous players, rare models or colours?
     
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    another sheesh.. too bad
    I would have left longing anyway.
     
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    Bummer.
    I’ll leave the garage door open so they can drop the exhibits off.
    Seriously, it is sad.
     
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    Chattanooga location was a poor choice from the get-go.

    If it was centrally located/near a destination city ?

    What age group tends to be into old guitars ?

    Right - and that demographic isn’t out and about much these days - especially if it involves traveling.
     
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    yeah I’m wondering the same. I’m not so sure how interesting a basic museum of “a 1973 Stratocaster” and similar would hold my interest. In fact unless they’re all seriously legendary guitars with hugely historical back stories I find it sad they’re locked up behind glass rather than out being enjoyed and played.
     
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    They have a few famous guitars but the majority of it is top shelf vintage. Lots of custom color stuff, lots of 50's/60's electrics and a good bit of pre-war things as well.


    Not going to lie, I would hope that people paying a crap ton of money simply to play and record vintage guitars would not be a terribly profitable endeavor. Just paying to see them behind glass is one thing but Songbirds also offered packages in the many hundreds to thousand+ for special access to the cream of the crop stuff so you could pluck & record your pluckin'.


    I dunno, I just grew up taking lessons then teaching at a vintage shop where it was an honor to hand someone a guitar who took interest in it at no charge or expectation.
     
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    I went there before Covid-19, lots of nice vintage guitars. Range of years 50s (probably earlier) on strats, teles, firebirds, les pauls, SGs. Duane Allman's SG was on loan. Definitely worth the visit. What surprised me was the large numbers of guitars of all varieties. Mostly electric, but acoustics, basses, banjoes. Some neat Civil War Battlefields nearby that are worth the visit.
     
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