Lincoln resident to turn battleship wood into electric guitars

Phil Whitmarsh is turning wood from the USS Battleship Texas into electric guitars.

When most of us see an abandoned factory or forgotten pile of wood, we see a ruin--something to discard completely.

But not Phil Whitmarsh. He sees history, and his task is to make you hear it.

The World-War-era battleship USS Texas took to the water for the first time in a long-time in late August. It was heading toward Galveston for $35 million in repairs, which prompted Whitmarsh to see out some of the ship’s aged deck wood and turn it into one of the many electric guitars he’s crafted at the Nebraska Innovation Studio since the beginning of the pandemic. Full KOLN Story & Video>>

By John Grinvalds