Tim Montana and Gibson Brands/Gibson Foundation
Collaborate to Craft One-of-a-Kind Les Paul Gibson Guitar
Designed in Memory of Navy Seal Chris Kyle
To be Auctioned as Part of Third Annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit
Starting May 14 at River Ranch Stockyards in Ft. Worth, TX
To Benefit the Spirit of a Hero Foundation
May 12, 2016 – Country artist Tim Montana has teamed up with Gibson Brands/Gibson Foundation to create a one-of-a-kind guitar in memory of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (portrayed in the film, “American Sniper”), which will be auctioned online as part of the third annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit being held Saturday, May 14 at River Ranch Stockyards in Ft. Worth, TX. It is expected to be the centerpiece of all the items up for auction, with 100% of all proceeds being donated to the Spirit Of A Hero Foundation. The band will perform at the event.
The one-of-a-kind guitar features handcrafted artwork created and built on the Historic Reissue Les Paul Platform (a 1950’s Reissue Les Paul, which is Gibson Custom’s primary product). A hand-carved skull and cross-hairs is on the guitar’s maple top, and the top paint is masked and hand-painted in the same camouflage colors that were on Chris Kyle’s Navy SEAL uniform. The back features a hand-painted portrait of Chris Kyle and a Navy SEAL Trident similar to those pounded into Chris’s casket as his funeral service. A hand-engraved quote, “It’s our duty to serve those that serve us,” is engraved on the guitar’s bridge pickup, which was digitized from Chris’s handwriting. A 7.62mm bullet shell from one of his missions is embedded in the guitar’s headstock. The shell--only three of which are known to exist--was retrieved by a member of his team during an active firefight. The neck pick-up is engraved with “Chris Kyle 2016 Memorial Benefit.”
“I am beyond excited to partner with my friends at Gibson again to raise money for our nation’s heroes,” declares Tim Montana. “Working with such an iconic American brand and being able to honor one of our countries bravest is an absolute privilege. Chris Kyle is one of my idols and a true patriot, and we’re carrying on his tradition by serving those who have served us.”
As Chris Kyle’s father, Wayne Kyle, continues, “On behalf of the Kyle Family, we’re honored to have Gibson support us and our mission of supporting our Veterans and First Responders. Last year, Gibson was instrumental in providing the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit with an amazing, one-of-a-kind, guitar to be auctioned off. This year they have, once again, gone above and beyond by creating an even more spectacular guitar for auction. Their support for our Veteran and First Responder community is truly a blessing to all.”
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with Tim Montana again to support the men and women who have so admirably served our country,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands. “It is a truly special one-of-a-kind guitar that pays tribute to Chris Kyle, while also supporting the amazing work of the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit.”
At last year’s event, with the help of many people who purchased gear and apparel, made donations, sponsored the event and/or donated their time or products, the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit was able to provide a check for more than $400,000 to Guardian for Heroes Foundation in helping U.S. Veterans and continuing the efforts Chris started. This included the auction of another one-of-a-kind Tim Montana/Chris Kyle guitar created by Gibson Guitars for the event.
After seeing the film “American Sniper,” Montana teamed up with Gibson Guitars to create the guitar inspired by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle that went up for auction on CharityBuzz.com with a starting bid of $3,000. It ultimately raised an impressive $117,000. 100% of the proceeds benefitted the Guardian for Heroes Foundation, which provides free, in-house fitness equipment, facilitation of donated health club memberships, individualized programs, personal training and life coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress from combat deployment.
Tim Montana and The Shrednecks--Tim Montana (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Paul (bass) and Brian Wolff (drums)—are currently on tour throughout North America.
ABOUT SPIRIT OF A HERO FOUNDATION:
Spirit of a Hero Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing financial, moral, and community support to critically wounded service members of the United States Armed Forces. Through community driven activities, Spirit of a Hero will raise awareness, and give hope to the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen fighting for our freedom.
Charitybuzz.com is the premier online charity auction and custom experience platform, offering unique luxuries and extraordinary experiences with 80% of net revenue benefiting charitable organizations. The experiences auctioned are one of a kind, often featuring adventures with some of the world’s most notable celebrities and influencers. The Charitybuzz bidding network is one of the largest, most affluent, philanthropic communities in the world having so far raised more than $167mm for global causes. Celebrity supporters include President Clinton, Sir Paul McCartney, Tim Cook, Warren Buffett, Taylor Swift, Ralph Lauren, Mike Bloomberg, Howard Stern, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, John Varvatos, Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce.
ABOUT GIBSON BRANDS:
Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands.
Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the #1 guitar brand, Gibson. Other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. In professional audio, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, and Cakewalk also continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets. Consumer electronics brands include Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, and Esoteric.
Gibson Brands recently expanded its reach into consumer markets with the acquisition of Philips' Home Entertainment based in Hong Kong—a company that invented the cassette tape, the CD format, the DVD format and the MP3 format. Under the Philips and Fidelio brand names, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship. A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Its goal is to provide the most exceptional customer audio products and experiences in the world.