World Renowned Artist, Wyland, Donates $25,000 Gretsch Guitar to The Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetRelief Charity Online Auction Ending This Thursday, July 26

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A hand painted Gretsch White Falcon electric guitar, valued at $25,000, was contributed by Wyland to benefit The Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetRelief for an online auction ending Thursday morning, July 26th 2012. This one of a kind item joins autographed Fender and Gretsch guitars from music superstars Tom Petty, Lou Reed, John Mayer and more.

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The Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetRelief has been running a year long auction to raise money for professional musicians battling cancer. Hundreds of the worlds greatest musical artists have contributed personal items, tickets and one on one experiences to aid this worthy cause.

One of the most valuable and exciting items donated thus far is a Gretsch hand painted guitar contributed by famed marine life artist Wyland. The guitar is viewable on the auction site here.

"Connecting with Wyland was truly kismet," said Sweet Relief Executive Director, Rob Max. "We are big fans of his art and were also impressed by Wyland's recent music project, Blues Planet. Terrific music for an amazing cause. I happened to be sitting next to one of his foundation team members on a flight to Chicago and we discussed the idea of teaming up for our cause to assist musicians in need. The idea was proposed to Wyland and he was eager to assist."

The G6136DS White Falcon is truly a beautiful bird, with a single-cutaway hollow body with arched top, oversized bound f holes and gold-sparkle binding (body, fingerboard and headstock). The three-piece maple neck has an ebony fingerboard with feather-engraved mother-of-pearl hump block inlays. Other features include dual DynaSonic™ single-coil pickups, three-position pickup switch, gold plexi pickguard with Falcon motif, gold-plated hardware, gold-plated Grover® Imperial™ tuners, vertical gold-sparkle Gretsch logo headstock inlay, gold-plated Synchro-Sonic™ bridge and Cadillac “G” tailpiece.

Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. His life – like his art – can find him anywhere around the world, at any time, from the Antarctic ice shelf on a photo expedition to document climate change to a grassroots journey down the Mississippi River on a mission of conservation.

Wyland's paintings are highly sought after. There are only a few of this type of Wyland's artwork in existence making this a very unique piece.

The Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetRelief is part of Sweet Relief Musicians Funds founded in 1994, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

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