Well, here’s the finished product:
Framing a Gibson acoustic guitar in a shadow box ain’t exactly easy, framer Joel Lively said. Maintaining the integrity of the wood on the Gibson guitar was crucial. He used a combination of Velcro and wire to attach the handpainted Gibson Blues King securely to the backboard. Then he accented the display with photos of Martin performing in concert with the guitar. A certificate of authenticity signed by the band is also showcased.
Check out the detailed engraving on the frame. He bordered it with musical notes that he cut from a book, glued to a fillet, and then attached to the frame.
“I enjoy these challenging projects,” Lively said. “You can only do so many diplomas and photographs before you want to blow your brains out, and it’s projects like this that keep me in this business. I’m honored that they would leave the design up to me.”