Giant Musical Instruments

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Grand Guitar
Bristol, TN
South Austin Music
Austin, TX
The Grand Guitar, modeled after a Martin guitar, is three stories tall and 70 feet long. It was built in 1983 and originally housed a music store. It was later used as a radio station and country music museum with unusual instruments and Porter Waggoner outfits. The building was vacant in 2001 and deteriorating. In 2004, it reopened briefly as the Joe Morrell Grand Guitar, a music museum. These photos are from 2007. In 2014, the building was sold and there are plans to restore it. However, as of 2016, nothing had changed. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

The giant guitar at South Austin Music is really just a rootop sign rather than a true giant guitar since it's not three-dimensional. But I'll include it here anyway. The guitar is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Guitar
Bristol, TN
Sun Studio
Memphis, TN
Strings & Things
in Memphis
Memphis, TN
Giant Guitar
Bellingham, WA
Giant Guitar
Lakeville, MN
Guitar Neck
La Crosse, WI
The Giant Guitar in Bristol was installed in front of the Bristol Tennessee & Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2009. It is 20 feet tall. Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music. [map]

Sun Studio opened here in 1950 in a former radiator repair shop. It is most famous for producing the first Elvis Presley recording. Many other blues and rock-and-roll performers recorded here as well, including Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and B.B. King. Sun Studio is still a working studio and offers tours of its space. The giant guitar was installed in 1999. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Strings & Things in Memphis music store features a giant Gibson Les Paul. The company was established in 1971. This photo is from 2007. The store moved to a new location in 2008. There is a giant blue Les Paul there now. It appears that guitar has either been remodeled or that it's a new one. [map]

The Giant Guitar in Bellingham is installed on a pole next to Mojo Music. [map]

The Giant Guitar in Lakeville is located at Hot Sam's Antiques. For more, see this website. [map]

This Giant Guitar Neck serves as the sign for Dave's Guitar Shop. It has been here since at least 2006 and is lit at night. The sign cover more than $25,000 to build. For more, see this website. [map]

Hard Rock Cafe
Chicago, IL
Hard Rock Cafe
Nashville, TN
This Hard Rock Cafe location in Chicago opened in 2004. [map]

The Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville opened in 1994. [map]

Many of the company's other locations feature these giant guitar signs including these in: Las Vegas, NV, Sacramento, CA, Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Cleveland, OH, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Guitar House
Fayetteville, GA
The Guitar House was built in the 1970s by a country western music fan. The simulated guitar lays on its back and slopes from the body to the neck. It's difficult to tell the shape from the ground or from these photos but it's quite evident from the air. [map]

More Giant Guitars:
Austin Vintage Guitars (Austin, TX)

Giant Saxophone [in storage]
Houston, TX
Giant Cornet
Galveston, TX
This 60 foot tall Saxophone sculpture is entitled "Smokesax". It was built in 1993 by Bob Daddy-O Wade. It is made of Volkswagen parts, beer kegs, a surfboard, room service trays, and other recycled items. The saxophone was originally painted blue but was red for many years. The sculpture was located in front of "Billy Blues Bar & Grill" and later moved to the "Cabo Restaurant" which closed in 2006. The business is now known as "The Horn Bar & Grille". The saxophone was repainted the original blue. In 2014, the saxophone was moved to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art's storage facility. There were plans to put it on display again in Houston in 2015. The exact location is not yet known. However, I don't believe it has resurfaced as of 2017. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This 26 foot long Cornet is installed in Old Galveston Square. It was created by David Addickes as a stage prop for use at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. It was later installed at a jazz club in Galveston named "Trumpets." [map]

former Brook Mays Music Co.
Houston, TX
former Brook Mays Music Co.
San Antonio, TX
former Brook Mays
Music Co. [gone]
Katy, TX
These Brook Mays Music Co. locations feature neon-outlined grand piano signs. The Houston location is now operating as the Fort Bend Music Center but the piano remains on top of the adapted, towering sign. The San Antonio store now houses Alamo Music. The sign is still there. It is the only one that I know of that features a guitar. The photo of the Katy location is from 2006. The piano was still there in 2011. It was gone by 2015. This store in Amarillo might have been a Brook Mays originally. [Houston map]; [San Antonio map]

Aeolian Harp
Algodones, NM
This Aeolian Harp is 24 feet tall. It is a wind-driven, kinetic harp. It was built by Bill Neely and Bob Griesing in 2000. The harp was installed at Traditions, a New Mexico Marketplace, which closed many years ago. The harp remains. For more, see this website. [map]

More Musical Instruments:
Banjo & Fiddle (Branson, MO)
Pianos: 1, 2 (Durham, NC)
Guitar Pool (Memphis, TN)
Guitar Pool (Nashville, TN)
Guitars: 1, 2 (Seattle, WA)
Piano, Guitar, & Drums (Milwaukee, WI)

Fiddle (Harvey, NB)
Fiddle (Sydney, NS)
Violin (Cavendish, PE)
Guitar Boat (Sydney, AU)

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