Nissan has teamed up with another business with strong Nashville ties, Gibson, to turn an NV200 van into a rolling guitar repair shop.
According to the press release from Nissan, the converted compact commercial van is designed to serve guitarists on-location– for example, at festivals, studios, or live shows.
Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said, “The NV200 Compact Cargo van’s small footprint makes it ideal for maneuvering in tight places, which is perfect for both urban music venues and crowded outdoor concerts where space is at a premium. The large cargo bay with standard integrated mounting points and available cargo hooks help make the vehicle configurable and customizable to suit the needs of a working guitar technician.”
The van features a pull-out bench stocked with the tools used by luthiers– that’s what you call someone who builds or repairs guitars, chief. According to the release, those tools include calipers, scale rulers, fret files, fret pullers, different types of sandpaper, super glue, wood glue, tuning forks, a radius planer, various guitar parts (strings, tuning machines, frets, nuts, bridges, knobs, linseed oil, potentiometers, pickups), pliers, screw drivers and a soldering station. Behind the front seat is a station that can hold up to four guitars “in various states of repair and disrepair,” the release said.
For those who haven’t kept an eye on the compact van from Nissan, the NV200 has 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space and a 53-inch tall cargo hold Nissan says is comparable to many full-size vans that have far higher load floors than the NV200’s 19.5-inch liftover height and get far worse fuel economy. For its part, the NV200 is estimated to get 24 MPG combined with its use of a 2-liter four-cylinder engine and Nissan Xtronic CVT. Even with this engine and transmission combo, the van is rated at 1,500 lbs of cargo capacity.
Lest you think the van is all-business, Nissan said the cockpit of what Gibson is calling the Mobile Repair and Restoration Van was customized with Gibson in mind, featuring “wood veneers in the dashboard that evoke classic Gibson materials such as mahogany and flamed maple and special leather-appointed seats.
“Gibson Pro Audio is also represented throughout the vehicle with a custom audio system provided by Onkyo, Gibson Pro Audio consumer electronics’ brand,” the release added.
Gibson’s Pro Audio line includes brands such as Cerwin-Vega!, KRK, Onkyo, and Stanton.
The Mobile Repair and Restoration Van will reportedly serve not only as an on-call repair and set-up shop for professional and semi-pro guitarists, but will also serve in an educational role. Its first such gig will be at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 27.