Gibson to Donate Guitars to Musicians Who Lost Them in Tennessee Tornadoes

Gibson at NAMM (2020). Jesse Grant / Stringer, Getty Images.

This past Tuesday morning, a powerful and devastating storm tore across four counties of middle Tennessee, producing at least one tornado with winds that reportedly reached 175 mph. News outlets have reported that the storm claimed at least 25 lives and devastated large swaths of developed land, destroying homes and displacing countless people.

Nashville was among the cities affected, with East Nashville—home to a vibrant arts and music community—getting hit particularly hard. Musicians like Taylor Swift and Chris Young have donated to relief funds, while others like Dierks Bentley and Brittany Howard pitched in to help clean up efforts on Wednesday.

Today, Nashville-based guitar manufacturer Gibson has announced that it, too, wants to help musicians impacted by the tornado. The nonprofit wing of Gibson, Gibson Gives, has pledged guitar donations to players whose instruments were damaged or destroyed by the storm.

Gibson said that the guitar replacements will be provided at "Gibson's sole discretion" and that the replacements provided "may be demo models, prototypes, or shop worn across Gibson's family of guitar brands." If your guitar was affected by the storm, you can get in touch with the Gibson Gives Recovery Plan at donation.request@gibson.com.

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