Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 14, 2012.

Update #1

The Project is Really Coming Together!

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Hello, all.

Thanks so much for your support!  This Kickstarter campaign will really help me with the expenses of shipping guitars in and covering a chunk of the recording and packaging costs. 

We'll have nearly every variant of a banner Gibson, with the exception of an LG-3. The list:

LG-1
2 mahogany/spruce LG-2s, one from early in the war and another from later in the War
2 maple/spruce LG2s
2 mahogany/spruce j-45s, one from early in the war and another from later in the War
Maple/spruce J-45
Rosewood/spruce SJ
2 mahogany/spruce SJs, one from early in the war and another from later in the War
l-50

I spent last evening with the engineer who will be doing the sessions. He's also a great guitar player and has a lot engineering experience, having engineered solo guitar records, jazz records, and a number of film soundtracks (including just having done the Looper soundtrack). He's really excited about recording these guitars and I actually sent one of my Banners home with him last nights so that he can live with one of the guitars for a few days.

Lauren Sheehan and I are still working up the list of songs. We're picking songs with which the women working at Gibson would have been familiar and which serve to showcase the guitars.

Lauren is so perfect for this project. Here's a National Public Radio interview of her that addresses her recordings that have just been collected by the Library of Congress.  

Thanks so much! 

Take care. 

John

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