The Seattle Music Project (a photo exhibit in our Downtown Seattle Men’s Shop, featuring NW bands from the past 50 years) may be over—but you can still enjoy the spirit of it here at Men’s Shop Daily.
Before the exhibit started last month, we visited the local Seattle office of Gibson Guitar, who supplied instruments and amps to supplement the photos and band memorabilia in our store.
The Nashville-based company, founded in 1894, has localized ‘Entertainment Relations’ branches like this all over the globe. Their main purpose is to make sure touring bands are well-equipped with Gibson gear while on the road. (The back room is piled high with instruments awaiting repairs, with notes like ‘The Shins’ and ‘Dave Navarro’ scrawled in Sharpie on strips of duct tape on the cases.)
The space is also a showroom filled with cool guitars (by Gibson as well as the Gibson family of brands). Here are a few pics of our favorite eye-catching instruments:
Epiphone Slash Signature Les Paul
[Up top: Les Paul Limited Edition Piano]
Epiphone Firebird VII
Epiphone Sheraton II
Kramer Flying V
Les Paul Special
Another by Kramer (a subsidiary of Gibson)
Gibson Grace Potter Flying V
Gibson Explorer Pro
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Besides supplying artists with Gibson gear, the satellite office also acts as a performance space for local events. (Silversun Pickups finished a set just minutes before we stopped by.)
Here are a couple ‘EndSession’ performances (sponsored by Seattle radio station 107.7 ‘The End’), featuring The Hives and Vampire Weekend, that the staff at Gibson recommended: