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Guitar made of Herbie

JohnInKansas 11 Nov 10 - 07:06 PM
Leadfingers 11 Nov 10 - 08:03 PM
gnu 11 Nov 10 - 08:07 PM
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JohnInKansas 11 Nov 10 - 08:57 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 11 Nov 10 - 09:05 PM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 12 Nov 10 - 03:56 AM
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Subject: Guitar made of Herbie
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 07:06 PM

Some may recall a story about the 215 year old Maine Elm (named Herbie) that finally had to be cut down when its 101 year old caretaker dedided its time had come.

A new report says that the wood (15 tons of it?) has been turned over to "aritisans" who have made lots of nice stuff. The centerpiece work is a very nice guitar, now offered for sale with "starting bid $3,500" if anyone might be interested.

The story indicates the guitar was "created by Andrew Olson, who makes guitars and mandolins in Freeport." I'm not familiar of Olson's reputation, but someone else might be(?).

Article at Artisans reincarnate felled champion elm.

There's pretty good picture of the guitar, if anyone's interested in being able to say their axe was around when George Washington was the president (although it's believed to have sprouted a few years after George didn't chop down his daddy's cherry tree).

John


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: Leadfingers
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 08:03 PM

Shame its not an acoustic ! Looks good though , but NOT Cheap !


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: gnu
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 08:07 PM

Love the grain.


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: Leadfingers
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 08:18 PM

I prefer Single malt g !


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 08:57 PM

Surprisingly, the older article about Herbie seems to be accessible, at 240-year-old Maine elm tree to get the chop .

101-year-old man has cared for sick 'friend' for more than half a century
The Associated Press
updated 8:52 a.m. CT, Fri., Jan. 8, 2010

YARMOUTH, Maine - The massive elm tree that shaded the corner of East Main Street and Yankee Drive was sick. Like so many others in so many of America's towns in the 1950s, it was stricken with Dutch elm disease.

Tree warden Frank Knight was so smitten with the tree that he couldn't bear to cut it down. After all, it had been standing sentinel in this New England village since before the American Revolution.

Over the next half-century, Knight carefully nursed the tree, spraying for pests and pruning away the dreaded fungus, even as the town's other elms died by the dozens. As he succeeded, the stately tree's branches reached 110 feet skyward, its leaves rustling in summer breezes off the Royal River and its heavy limbs shouldering winter snowfalls.

The tree, nicknamed Herbie and acclaimed as the tallest and oldest elm in New England, survived 14 bouts of Dutch elm disease in all, thanks to Knight's devotion.

Now the disease ravages again and Herbie is too weak to fight back. Knight, now 101, said there's nothing else he can do to save the tree he's watched over for five decades.


[and a little more]

John


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 09:05 PM

the bridge looks like a "Hipshot Baby Grand Bridge"

which should account for about $100 of the three and a half grand total...


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 03:56 AM

Its a good job all living things don't have to be recycled.

I wouldn't like to think of my ears becoming a set of coasters, or my ribs being a cd rack. And one shudders to think about what they'd make the salt cellar from.


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 03:58 AM

I confess when I read the thread title - I thought they'd made a guitar out of a volkswagen.


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: oldhippie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 08:14 AM

GUEST, Alan Whittle - great men think alike. I expected the body of the guitar to be "Herbie" shaped.


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Subject: RE: Guitar made of Herbie
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 08:45 AM

Best thing you can do with a Beetle! (runs for his life)


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