Great Guitar, Great Cause

8/14/2009 [Guitars & Basses]

Silent Auction Raises $2,450 for the Music for Life Alliance

BUENA PARK, Calif.—At Summer NAMM, held in Nashville, Yamaha Guitars donated a limited edition SBG3000 to a silent auction held in conjunction with Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium. All the participants in the concert signed the guitar, including Tommy Emmanuel, James Burton, Nokie Edwards, Duane Eddy, Muriel Anderson, Pete Huttlinger, Don Alder, Strunz and Farah, Johnny Hiland, Thom Bresh, Greg Bennett, Rick Vito and Ladd Smith.

SBG3000 Silent Auction
Silent auction winner Leo Maesch (l.) and Dennis Webster, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Guitars, in front of a limited edition SBG3000.
The winner, Leo Maesch, hails from Clinton, Indiana. The winning bid, $2,450, goes directly to help The Music for Life Alliance, which facilitates the efforts of individuals and organizations making music learning accessible to young people who may not otherwise be able to experience the educational, psychological, and social benefits of making music. Through awards, grants and recognition, and by creating and maintaining a national database, the Music for Life Alliance helps support and unify grassroots efforts across the country.

Issued to commemorate the 40th year that Yamaha began selling guitars in the United States, the SBG3000 is appointed with intricate aesthetic details and each guitar is individually handcrafted by skilled master luthiers at the famed Yamaha Music Craft in Hamamatsu, Japan, the company's elite workshop responsible for producing Yamaha's top-of-the-line handcrafted acoustic guitars and custom instruments.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Guitar Products, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or email

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