Some guitars become cherished after a lifetime of play – B.B. King’s “Lucille” comes to mind. Others are simply made that way.
The latter is the case with a bass guitar crafted from century-old pine that was once part of the architecture of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. To honor his alma mater, bassist Ben Williams partnered with StoryWood Music, a North Carolina-based luthier, to salvage wood taken from the Washington, D.C. school in the midst of a three-year, $175 million renovation, which ended in 2017. The guitar was donated on June 12.