“American Woman” guitar comes home to Canada

April 13, 2015

AmericanWomanGuitar-840pxRandy Bachman’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul “American Woman” guitar. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

The guitar that brought the world “American Woman” has come back to Canada and will become part of a new exhibition at the new National Music Centre through a long-term loan from Canadian music icon Randy Bachman.

The announcement came during a special event announcing a new partnership between Bell and the National Music Centre. Bell, Canada’s largest telecommunications company, is entering into a $10 million sponsorship to support the construction of the new building in Calgary’s East Village. Under a 12-year deal, the new building will now be called Studio Bell.

Randy Bachman was on hand to welcome the good news with his band, playing a few tunes for the crowd including the 1970 hit, “American Woman”.

Bachman says he purchased the guitar, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul, in Nanaimo, BC earlier in his career. He says production of the model was discontinued after musicians felt it was too heavy to play. He now plays a special model Gibson, which is a lighter version of his famous guitar.

The guitar will be on display when Studio Bell opens in 2016. For the past five years the guitar has been at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Calgary becomes the official home of Canadian music history.

Bachman is a strong advocate for the National Music Centre and he says he hopes to record his new album at Studio Bell when the new building is finished.

Construction on Studio Bell will complete in time to celebrate The 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNOfest celebrations in Calgary from March 28 to April 3, 2016, before an official grand opening later in the spring.

PrintStudio Bell aerial rendering. Credit: Allied Works Architecture.


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–Leyland Bradley

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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