DALE EARNHARDT, SR CUSTOM GUITAR #1
Sam’s first custom designed production guitar was done with The Gibson Custom Shop in 1999 for his close friend and driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. .It was based on a 1998 guitar commissioned by Country Music Superstars Brooks and Dunn to recognize the driver during the 1998 NASCAR 50th Anniversary Celebration. The guitar is a much sought after piece among collectors, and continues to pay respect to the legendary driver and remind us of his many achievements.
RICHARD PETTY BLUE GUITAR
Sam partnered with Gibson USA to design a limited edition of 43 guitars to commemorate The King, Richard Petty. Each were signed by both Richard Petty and Sam Bass. One of the 43 guitars has recently been featured in the Rockin’ and Racin’ Exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. The exhibit highlights the long lasting partnership between NASCAR and the Music Industry.
NASHVILLE TROPHY GUITAR
In 2001 Sam and Gibson Guitars came together to design and produce the iconic Nashville Superspeedway Guitar Trophy. The following year, 2002, Sam designed his first of over ten consecutive years of Trophy electric guitars presented to the race winners at the track. The two designs featured here are his for the 2011 races, the final two that were ever awarded at the track.
THE BAND PERRY GUITARS / MANDOLIN
For the Pre-Race Concert show at the Brickyard 400 Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012, Sam designed an original electric guitar, a bass guitar and a mandolin for Country Music stars The Band Perry to play during their performance. The instruments featured visual respects to both the band and the speedway to capture the special moment it was played for the first time, making each instrument truly one of a kind.
TONY STEWART 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP GUITAR
Sam designed a very special electric guitar for Tony Stewart that represented his Championship win in 2011 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Sam featured an original artwork piece titled “Smoked ‘Em” playing off of Tony’s nickname and his win on the guitar body to congratulate Stewart specifically, vividly marking his moment in NASCAR history.