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Band News (more headlines) 01-13-2013

A Musician's Worst Nightmare Transforms Into A Dream Come True As Gibson Replaces Instrument Destroyed By Delta Airlines

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Earlier this week, Dave Schneider was told by Delta Airlines he couldn't carry on his 1963 Gibson ES-335 TD guitar on a flight to Detroit and had to check it. But when he landed, he learned his guitar had been crushed between a service elevator and loading dock at the gate.

"As soon as we saw the picture of the crushed guitar case and heard Dave's story, we felt immense sympathy for him"

Delta offered Dave $1,000 for his $10,000 vintage guitar, which he declined. So Gibson came to the rescue by giving Dave a new ES-335, which he'll pick up today at Gibson's New York Showroom.

"As soon as we saw the picture of the crushed guitar case and heard Dave's story, we felt immense sympathy for him," said Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. "At Gibson we're committed to music and those who love and appreciate their instruments. For musicians like Dave, instruments are practically members of their family. It was only right to replace his guitar, and we are happy to have him at our showroom."

Dave Schneider is the lead singer of the Zambonis and lead guitarist of a Jewish band The LeeVees. He says he's happy to be able to continue performing because of Gibson's kindhearted gift.

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