Nissan and Gibson have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind NV200, converting the compact cargo van to a mobile repair and restoration van for guitars.
Acting as a mobile guitar repair shop, the NV200 serves the needs of both working musicians and casual pickers. The vehicle can service at major music markets or locales where guitar players meet, such as music festivals, concerts, recording studios, or even homes.
The goal of the Gibson NV200 is to be a quick-response support vehicle for the Gibson’s Repair & Restoration shop based in Nashville, Tennessee. Inside, a pullout bench features an array of luthiuer’s tools including calipers, scale rulers, fret files, 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. The bench can be extended to the lip of the NV200 in order to work on instruments.
Directly behind the front seat is a custom rack that can hold up to four guitars while the cockpit has been customized to resemble Gibson’s classic designs featuring wood veneers in the dash and special leather-appointed seats. A custom audio system was provided by Onkyo, a Gibson Pro Audio consumer electronics brand. The NV200 was then wrapped with a full Gibson theme to make it recognizable from even far away.
“Gibson and Nissan are both Tennessee-based companies that build products worthy of consumer passion yet suitable for everyday use,” said Joe Castelli, vice president of Commercial Vehicles and Fleet for Nissan North America. “We’ve sought a way to combine forces for many years now, and the introduction of the 2013 NV200 Compact Cargo van gives us the perfect opportunity to do so. Working with Gibson has been a dream come true for many of us here at Nissan, and we look forward to the next steps collaborating with them.”
GALLERY: Nissan/Gibson NV200 Mobile Guitar Workshop
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