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Tesla Visits The Gibson Acoustic Plant

April 9, 2009

Frank Hannon, Dave Rude, and Frank's guitar technician, Robbie Furiosi, from the rock group Tesla, stopped by our plant while on tour promoting their hit cd "Forever More."  Having fallen in love with Frank's J50, Dave had to have one of his very own, and we were very happy to oblige him!

Robbie, Dave, & Frank in the Binding Department...

While they were here, I gave them a detail tour of the shop.  They were fascinated by the hand craftsmanship that each guitar receives in our facility.  Robbie picked my brain throughout the tour learning as much as he could about the inner workings of the Gibson acoustic guitar.  They were blown away as our own Valerie Bolitho showed them photos of various custom shop guitars that Ren Ferguson has created. 

Later that evening during dinner, we were entertained by their tales of life on and off the open road.  It was a distinct pleasure being able to wine and dine with the iconic band Tesla, and I was duly impressed by their casual demeanor and their down-to-earth charm.

Frank & Dave in Neckfit....

Frank, Robbie, and Dave in the Lacquer Booth....

I'll end this by saying that Dave's new J50 sounded fantastic on stage and that Tesla literally rocked the house on Friday night in Billings, MT.  Our doors are always open to you, Tesla, and we can't wait 'till we see you again!

Jason Jones, Gibson Acoustic luthier

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