The Six String Nation guitar is a unique custom instrument made by luthier George Rizsany. It is made from 64 items and each one represents an important aspect of Canadian history or culture.
It contains pieces of historical wood: like part of Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick and Nancy Greene’s childhood skis. There is also an ammolite carved buffalo skull from the Blood Tribe, as well as animal bone/tusks, minerals, metals and wooden bits from historic buildings.
You can explore each of the 64 pieces interatively at the six string nation webpage.
Some of the musicians who have performed with the guitar, so far: Stephen Fearing, Colin James, Bruce Cockburn, Andy Kim, James Keelaghan, Ron Sexmith, Bob Snider, Oscar Lopez, Mae Moore, Bill Bourne, Sandy Scofield, Mighty Popo, Amos Garrett, Madagascar Slim, Feist, Kevin Breit, Jean-Francois Breau, Aselin Debison, Michel Pagliaro, Kyle Riabko, Matty Powell, Hawksley Workman, Don Freed, Justin Rutledge, the Wailin' Jennies, Arianne Moffat, and many, many others.