A Motown guitar maker needed the Summit City to make some sweet sounds. It turns out the wood that they were looking for was found at the truck plant in Fort Wayne.
Wallace Detroit Guitars, based in Detroit, is making limited-edition guitars for Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary. The vision was to make them with wood that was used at plants that have built Chevy Trucks.
The Fort Wayne GM Plant realized they had big slabs of old, scarred, and used maple wood and offered them up.
Last month, the guitar manufacturer’s owner Mark Wallace drove down to Fort Wayne from Detroit. He loved the wood, took it back and has now handcrafted a prototype with a sharp and snappy high-end sound.
Only 20 to 30 of the guitars are going to be made because the maple wood is limited.
The work crew at Fort Wayne GM is amazed to be apart of this special musical story.
“Wallace is building these incredible guitars out of this maple that was work benches here at the plant that our skilled trades was working on and it’s just a great story and they’re going to get some beautiful music out of it,” said Stephanie Jentgen, the plant’s communications manager.
Now, the rest will be both Detroit and Fort Wayne history.
“Every instrument has a back story to it and for me what’s exciting about this wood is not just that it’s maple and not just that it’s going into these guitars, but this came out of place where people know how to make things,” Wallace said. “Fort Wayne is obviously a community of people that know how to make things and for us to take some of that history and connect it to our guitars through this material through the wood is really a special thing.”
Wallace said the guitars will sell for $2,600 to $2,800 an instrument.