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Bristol, Tennessee: Grand Guitar (Gone) Team Field Report

I-81 exit 74A. Drive east on US Hwy 11W for a half-mile. You'll see the guitar on the left.
Aug. 16, 2019: Torn down.

Guitar building.

Grand Guitar

The "Grand Guitar," built in 1983, once housed a gift shop, recording studio, country music AM radio station, and a mini-museum of musical instruments. It was torn down in August 2019. Report... [07/18/2017]

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Guitar building from Virginia side.

Building Shaped like a Guitar

The guitar is double-sided and can be seen From the Virginia side, similar to the view from RT 81/the Tennessee side.

[Babs, 07/13/2014]

Giant guitar.

Building Shaped like a Guitar

In very rough shape, but still worth a stop to see this piece of Roadside History!

[Lindsey, 01/22/2014]

Giant guitar building.

Giant Guitar

Located on I-81 North but easily visible from the rest stop on I-81 South, this guitar-shaped building is a sign for Grand Guitar. Best photo op is across the highway at the rest stop.

[Robin Groves, 05/26/2013]
Giant Guitar

The Guitar-shaped store used to be amazing, according to my road-trip buddy/fiance. While growing up in SW Virginia, they would often go to this place to check out instruments and other music paraphernalia. Now the store looks pretty sad, though - its strings are broken and hanging down to the ground and some of its windows are broken. Still, makes for a very cool place to strike your best air guitar pose.

[Laura, 12/06/2009]

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