Bourgeois Guitars is happy to announce the conclusion of the Tribute Guitar auction for Tony Rice, which raised $10,000 that will be donated directly to the guitarist.
The admiration and respect for Rice expressed in the overall response to the auction has been immense. Thousands of people shared the news and updates of the auction on many social networks and forums. Over the last two weeks, an online video series featuring the guitar being played by luminaries such as Chris Eldridge, Bryan Sutton, Courtney Hartman and Celia Woodsmith (of Della Mae) and others, has been viewed more than 110,000 times!
The lucky winner of the tribute guitar is Ray Gargiulo of Massapequa, New York. Ray is an avid guitar enthusiast and Bourgeois fan who is delighted to be giving the tribute guitar a new home while benefiting and paying tribute to Rice.
Bourgeois Guitars received help from many different sources during this auction. Dana and the crew would like to thank (in alphabetical order): Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Music Works, Artisan Guitars, Richard Bennet, Bluegrass Today, Andy Cambria, Chris Eldridge, Fretboard Journal, Don Gabel, Courtney Hartman, Richard Hoover, Mark Kilianski, Jim Lauderdale, Music City Roots, The Music Emporium, Peghead Nation, Caleb Smith, Smoky Mountain Guitars, Bryan Sutton, Jason Verlande, Bill Warmouth, Celia Boyd Woodsmith, Caroline Wright and finally, all of our Bourgeois Guitars Dealers and all of our Facebook friends.
For those of you who would still like to help Rice, consider making a donation to the Tony Rice Foundation by using the PayPal links and physical addresses listed right here.
Thank you to everyone who spread the word about this auction and provided us with such a generous means to show Rice what he has meant to all of us. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!