Museum Grand Opening Celebration set for March 9, 2017

December 1, 2016, Chattanooga, Tennessee — Grammy-winning musician Vince Gill has been named an ambassador for Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars. The museum will open to the public in early 2017. 

next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the museum is a guitar-oriented, pop
culture experience for the whole family. A Grand Opening Celebration
will take place on March 9.

a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will showcase his top-notch
songwriting, world-class guitar playing, and soaring tenor vocals at
the Grand Opening Celebration. In addition, he will lend his voice and
expertise to Songbirds Guitar Museum as it shares its unparalleled
collection through its permanent and rotating historical exhibits.

is the most impressive collection of rare, vintage guitars I have
seen,” says Gill, who will curate some of the exhibits. “I am honored
and excited to be a part of such a tremendous display of music history.”

are incredibly excited to have Vince Gill join the Songbirds team. His
connection as a guitar player and his talent as a performer make him a
perfect spokesman to help us share our epic collection of guitars with
music lovers everywhere,” explains Johnny Smith, President of Songbirds
Guitar Museum.

The collection of rare, vintage guitars includes:
  • Prototype 1950 Broadcaster serial #0009
  • Early Stratocasters including #0102, 0103 and 0104
  • Pre-War D45 Martin Guitar
  • 34
    Gibson Les Paul Model Sunbursts from 1958-1960. Some of the most
    expensive of their kind. Considered by many to be the Holy Grail of
    electric guitars.
  • Over 300 custom color Fender guitars– a rainbow of color. Many of these are one-of-a-kind.
  • Over 75 custom color Gibson Firebird guitars– even more scarce than the Fender custom colors
  • Over
    45 classic “Bluegrass” flattops, flathead original five string banjos,
    mandolins, and the like representing the best of Martin, Gibson and
    other manufacturers

addition, Songbirds Guitar Museum will host a contest to give away
tickets to the private, VIP Grand Opening Celebration. Contest details
will be available in January.

Museum boasts a complete collection of over 1,700 instruments and
accessories, each with a story to tell. Guitars are grouped by brand,
time frame, and linear progression and include acoustic, electric, jazz,
bass, mandolin, banjo, and mandocello models. Songbirds Guitar Museum
is historically accurate, educational and fun for guitar enthusiasts as
well as newcomers to the world of fretted instruments.

7500-square-foot museum features interactive, educational displays for
adults and children, an upgraded All Access tour, and an event space for
private parties. Songbirds Guitar Museum is located at 35 Station
Street on the grounds of the Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga,
About Songbirds Guitars
Guitars is a guitar-oriented, pop culture museum experience for the
whole family. Explore our collection of rare, vintage guitars like no
other on Earth. Experience American history through Songbirds Guitars
extensive anthology of permanent and revolving exhibits on the campus of
the world-famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. Immerse yourself in a musical
history of America in a new and unique environment. Learn more at

About VInce Gill
of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is
famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and
warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill
achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,”
which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the
Year awards as well as a Grammy. Gill has won 18 CMA Awards, including
Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that
category in CMA history. Since 1990, Gill has won 20 GRAMMY Awards. A
wide-ranging songwriter, his compositions earned him entry into the
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. The Academy of Country Music
has conferred on Gill eight awards, including its prestigious Home
Depot Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Career Achievement Award. Gill was
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a
member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the four-time
Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers. Gill has produced albums for
LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant and Ashley Monroe and has made guest appearances
on more than 500 albums including on those by Barbra Streisand, Eric
Clapton, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, George Jones and others. 

Gill’s latest album is Down To My Last Bad Habit. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit

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