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New limited edition Brewster Wheeler series from Wallace Detroit Guitars

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Wallace Detroit Guitars


Laura  Barnes
New limited edition Brewster Wheeler series from Wallace Detroit Guitars

The guitars are constructed from wood harvested from the historic recreation centre.

Wallace Detroit Guitars has announced that its limited edition Brewster Wheeler Series is now in production.

The Detroit-based guitar manufacturer creates unique instruments out of reclaimed wood from local landmarks, with the new line of exclusive instruments constructed of wood harvested from the historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Centre.

“It’s really a premier series for us, since the story of Brewster Wheeler is such an amazing one and because the wood that we have discovered is truly unique,” said Mark Wallace, owner of Wallace Detroit Guitars.

“The maple from the benches is beautiful, completely flawless and covered with black and dark blue paint. We are going to try to leave some of the original paint from the benches to show how far the wood has come from where it was originally.”

Opening in 1929, the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Centre was a hub for community activity and possibly best known as the gym where professional boxer Joe Louis trained. Many local musical legends, including Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Funk Brothers, lived in the nearby Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects and frequented the centre.

The Brewster Wheeler Recreation Centre officially closed in 2006 due to a lack of funding and a $50 million project is currently in the works to redevelop the space that has been vacant ever since.

“For a long while, The Brewster Wheeler building was a symbol of urban decay, but that environment bred some of Detroit’s brightest musical stars like Diana Ross who used to hang out at the centre,” Wallace said. “I was very excited to be able to pull wood that was thought to be a lost cause and turn it into heirloom quality musical instruments.”

Featuring solid maple bodies and rosewood fretboards, Wallace Detroit Guitars will produce 15 exclusive single-cutaway guitars, each featuring hand scatter-wound pickups for a classic vintage sound. The guitars will be engraved with a specially assigned serial number beginning with the numbers 313 in homage to Detroit’s area code, and a separate prefix number specific to this series.

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