New Old Stock 

Last week, musicians started pulling their equipment out of Soundcheck, the sprawling storage and rehearsal facility that was overtaken by the Cumberland River during the flood. Guitarist Jerry McPherson (above), who has over 500 album credits to his name, arrived to find that all his instruments had been destroyed except for one, a 1959 Danelectro he thinks he might be able to restore. (The finish had begun to buckle, and the delicate, decades-old electronics are likely ruined.) As he stood in the parking lot amid a scattered collection of road cases, amplifier racks and other gear that had been left to dry out in the sun, McPherson shrugged his shoulders, put the guitar in the passenger seat of his pickup and said, "If this is all we end up losing, we'll be fine."


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