A 275-year-old tulip poplar tree that stood on the grounds of Andrew Jackson's Tennessee home until it was knocked down in a tornado has been reborn - as a line of guitars.
Vice President Al Gore was on hand Sunday as Gibson Musical Instruments unveiled the line of guitars, which are inlaid with the name "Old Hickory" and pictures of the seventh president and his home, the Hermitage."I would like to thank Gibson guitars for turning the debris of devastation into beautiful instruments of inspiration," Gore said.
The giant tree and 1,200 other trees were felled when a tornado hit the Hermitage on April 16.
Gibson will make just 200 guitars out of the old tree. The first will go to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The rest will be on sale, but Gibson hasn't set a price yet.