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Guitars in Combat? 11 Replies

Anyone ever take a guitar into a combat zone? Know of anyone who did? Other instruments Maybe?Here is a photo, Viet Nam... Sort of makes you wonder what ever happened to that guitar.…Continue

Tags: Nam, Viet, combat

Started by Michael S. Jackson. Last reply by Jeremy Richmann May 24, 2013.

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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on December 14, 2011 at 3:33pm

I guess it depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your DD214. Speaking of which, did you hear about the additional social security payments for vets? It comes to around $100/mo additional when you draw social security. 

You'll need your DD214 for that.

But not for this group (re: the group description). Glad to have you here.


Comment by Michael S. Jackson on December 14, 2011 at 2:27pm

Thanks. He's quite a versatile guitarist.

Comment by Ken Bellingham on December 14, 2011 at 1:33pm


   I thought you might be interested to know that Nell's ethnic heritage is English/Irish/Scottish and . . . Cherokee.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on December 14, 2011 at 12:16pm

Pretty good.

Yes, The Jaybirds are one of the very best bluegrass bands I've ever heard.

Comment by Ken Bellingham on December 13, 2011 at 2:08pm

   You veterans out there might be interested in viewing this video of a performance of Nell Robinson's"Soldiers' Stories", which was presented yesterday, 12/12/11, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  This is a program she has put on here in the S.F. Bay Area annually for the past three year in celebration of Veterans' Day.  In that time it has received quite a bit of appreciative attention and has generated a considerable sum of money for several veterans' benefits organizations.  [Michael S. Jackson:  if you're watching, you should recognize the guitar player.]

Comment by Peg Andrae on December 8, 2011 at 1:08pm
The G4V website has a chapters page with links to all of our chapter coordinators across the country. Check there.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on December 8, 2011 at 9:33am

Thanks. I'll try again. Pat of what I was hoping to learn was if there was a chapter in my area (Utah - Salt Lake City vicinity).

Comment by Peg Andrae on December 7, 2011 at 7:11pm
Mike - the G4V site does give a link to Mr. Lewis for information about guitar donations. Try emailing again as they are normally good about responding to questions. They do have information on how to pack amd ship a guitar. I have used FedEx for shipping.

The classical could certainly be used as an art piece if it cannot be repaired. The good folks at G4V headquarters would check out any guitar you ship and would determine if it can be repaired or if it would be better used by Art Strings to make something creative to be sold or auctioned. We would be very happy to receive any or all of your guitars! The shipping can cost about $30, although may vary depending on where you reside.

Let me know if I can assist with contacting Mr. Lewis for you. Thank you for your generous offer, and most importantly, thank you for your service.

- Peg
Comment by Peg Andrae on December 7, 2011 at 6:40pm
Mike - how can I best get in touch with you? Thank you for your kind offer. I don't know where you reside, and there may be a chapter that is closer to you. I am located in Richmond, VA. I have a repair tech who would be able to take a look and tell me if the guitars are able to be repaired.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 23, 2011 at 12:43pm

Peg -

I've been trying to contact G4V (Mr. Lewis, as the site directed me to) but so far have not gotten a response.
I have two guitars I'd like to donate, unfortunately they are not very
playable. The first is an old classical I have been playing but lately the
braces have become loose. The neck is good but the body has been glued in a
couple of spots ( that way when I got it around 30 years ago). Maybe this guitar
could be painted or otherwise decorated to be used as wall art and auctioned
The other one is a guitar I bought for several hundred dollars, but I was
ripped off by the seller (by the way, I was ripped off by a service member -
it's only fitting that this guitar should go to G4V for some use). It was
advertised as a 1932 Gibson resonator. However, it is not a Gibson, though it is
circa 1932. It has two cracks running the length of the soundboard and the
resonator part is what I would describe as a "faux resonator." It is all
original, except maybe the tuners. It is not very playable (worn, original thin
frets, etc.). This would possibly be a great guitar to auction off. I wish I
knew someone who had a music store or a restaurant - this would make a fantastic wall display.
I'd be happy to send photos, if you would like. Could you use either one of
these? Both? If so, how do I get them to you?
I wish I could donate more, but I'm a disabled vet, retired, and living on
a very limited income. I get paid at the end of this month and that would be a
really good time for me to send these to you.
Thanks - Mike


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