Gibson (Not the Drink)

November 20, 2009 Nashville, Tennessee

I wandered through the Gibson Showcase three times. There's a whole Santa's workshop-like set up where you can watch (I'll call them) artisans build acoustic instruments.

A Gibson guitar is a beautiful thing and I think there is an art in building a Gibson and in making one sound like it should (meaning when someone who can play plays, meaning I'm not the one playing it).

The bodies below are not guitars. They might be Jam Master Series Standard F-style Mandolins.

Now I don't really know what to do with them, aside from a few chords, but I can still enjoy them. To me, this is as good and as satisfying as an art gallery:

This has nothing to do with Gibson, but it's not something you see every day in a mall, a diver scouring the gunk off coral with a little scrub brush as people mill by, oblivious and overloaded with shopping bags.