into something new and vital,” he says.
Wallace heard about the cache of historic wood
through the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of
Detroit, a non-profit organization that helps in the
deconstruction of historic buildings. “They care
about the city just us as much as we do, so we’re
always happy to support them in their efforts, which
include providing jobs and training to locals as well
as protecting historical resources,” says Wallace.
The first two Firehouse guitars were built from
pine. “Pine is a lighter, softer wood with more air
inside of it as compared to common guitar lumbers
like ash or poplar,” says Wallace. “That allows it to
resonate a bit more for a nice prolonged tone.”
Wallace was also salvaged enough maple from the
firehouse to build an edition of 10 single-cutaway gui-
tars. Guitars are finished with hand-rubbed oil. The
vintage maple lends the guitar a clear, bright attack
with high musical sustain, says the company. “The
resins inside an older wood will have crystallized
more and therefore be more stable, so these guitar
will have a nice mature tone,” says Wallace.
All the company’s guitars feature necks built from
maple sourced from Michigan forests. Pickups are
hand scatter-wound in-house for a classic vintage
sound. Each guitar is engraved with a serial number
beginning with the numbers 313 for the area code of
Detroit, followed by DFD for the Detroit Fire Department and finally an edition number.
The Firehouse Series guitars start at $2,800. For
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Wallace was also able to salvage enough maple from the
firehouse to build an edition of ten single-cutaway guitars,
the company’s signature body shape.
Each guitar in the series is engraved with a specially
assigned serial number beginning with the numbers 313 for
the area code of Detroit, followed by DFD for the Detroit
Fire Department, and finally an edition number.