Priceless instrument collection finds a home in Nashville

Apr 27, 2017

Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill help dedicate The Gig on the campus of Belmont University.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Belmont University this week opened a new on-campus museum dedicated to a priceless collection of unique musical instruments. 

Randy Skaggs, Vince Gill and famed Nashville instrument dealer George Gruhn were on hand for the dedication of The Gig. The museum houses a collection of some 500 instruments donated to the university by the late collector and philanthropist Steven Kern Shaw.

During the dedication ceremony for the museum, Ricky Skaggs played a tune with a collection instrument that he referred to as music legend Bill Monroe’s "partner."

"Truly, this F5 Gibson mandolin is what helped to create a whole genre of music called Bluegrass."

Among the other instruments in the collection: A 1939 Martin acoustic guitar valued at $350,000, and a 1960 Gibson Les Paul electric guitar worth $225,000.

You can learn more about The Gig at Belmont by visiting the museums' website.