Auction Raises $10K for Tony Rice

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Bourgeois Guitars is happy to announce the conclusion of the Tribute Guitar auction for Tony Rice, which raised $10,000 that will be donated directly to Tony. The admiration and respect for Tony Rice expressed in the overall response to the auction has been immense. Thousands of people shared the news and updates of the auction on many social networks and forums. Over the last two weeks, an online video series featuring the guitar being played by luminaries such as Chris Eldridge, Bryan Sutton, Courtney Hartman and Celia Woodsmith (of Della Mae) and others, has been viewed over 110,000 times! Check out the series in our Videos section.

The lucky winner of the tribute guitar is Ray Gargiulo from Massapequa, NY. Ray is an avid guitar enthusiast and Bourgeois fan who is delighted to be giving the tribute guitar a new home while benefiting and paying tribute to Tony Rice.

Bourgeois Guitars received help from many different sources during this auction. Dana and the crew would like to thank (in alphabetical order): Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Music Works, Artisan Guitars, Richard Bennet, Bluegrass Today, Andy Cambria, Chris Eldridge, Fretboard Journal, Don Gabel, Courtney Hartman, Richard Hoover, Mark Kilianski, Jim Lauderdale, Music City Roots, The Music Emporium, Peghead Nation, Caleb Smith, Smoky Mountain Guitars, Bryan Sutton, Jason Verlande, Bill Warmoth, Celia Boyd Woodsmith, Caroline Wright and finally, all of our Bourgeois Guitars Dealers and all of our Facebook friends.

For those of you that would still like to help Tony, please consider making a donation to the Tony Rice Foundation by using the PayPal links and physical addresses listed at

Thank you to everyone who spread the word about this auction and provided us with such a generous means to show Tony Rice what he has meant to all of us. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

This guitar is not associated with any endorsement by Tony Rice and was offered strictly as a fundraiser for Tony’s benefit. In association with guitars “Tony Rice” is a registered trademark of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company”