Updated November 25, 2015 16:03:27

Dr Glen Hodges plays a 1920s Hammond guitar Photo: Dr Glen Hodges plays a 1920s Hammond guitar. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)
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Students and staff at Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music are in guitar heaven after a benefactor donated 130 instruments for them to maintain and play.

Two years ago, an anonymous donor expressed interest in bequeathing the bulk of his private collection to the college.

But recently he decided to make excellent on the offer you whilst he was alive to see it enjoyed.

The guitars are all steel-string acoustics varying broadly in age, style and worth.

Dr Glen Hodges, the conservatorium’s deputy head of music and head of contemporary guitar, mentioned the arrival of such a enormous quiver of axes was overwhelming.

The school’s employees, 30-odd guitar students and about 20 song-writing students are all itching to get their hands on the instruments.

About 130 guitars were donated to the UTAS Conservatorium of Music Photo: About 130 guitars had been donated to the UTAS Conservatorium of Music. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

“We’re totally blown away,” he stated.

“The location is buzzing. Students are very keen to attempt them out.

“To realise somebody spent so numerous years collecting these [and] is ready to hand them over for a person else to get pleasure from.

“It really is fairly amazing.”

Prior to the students get to strum their stuff on the new instruments, the sound engineers and employees spent two days evaluating the collection and picking which instruments would be set aside for overall performance and recording purposes.

“It really is been incredibly hard,” Dr Hodges mentioned.

Detail of pearl inlay on guitar donated to Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music. Photo: Detail of pearl inlay on a guitar donated by the benefactor. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

“There is a variety of named instruments like the Guilds and Martins, and some other people which absolutely everyone recognises but there is some good one-off, hand-created luthier instruments that are exclusive and exquisite each in make and in sound.”

The shining light of the stellar collection is not the most pricey, beautifully produced or effectively recognized: it is a inexpensive old 1920s piece that appears like it could have been plucked from the arms of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson.

“It mightn’t get a second look in a second-hand shop but every studio engineer in this conservatorium has picked it very first to be in the collection for the recording studio,” Dr Hodges mentioned.

Currently overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of instruments to choose from, the musicians can anticipate to have even a lot more at their disposal.

The donor has already promised to top up his present with yet another 40 guitars, which will make selecting a favourite all the far more hard.

Guitar student Benjamin Pasanen Photo: Guitar student Benjamin Pasanen takes his choose from the collection. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

Topics: music, hobart-7000

First posted November 25, 2015 15:59:08

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