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Zac Brown Band Auction One-of-a-Kind Guitars to Benefit Camp Southern Ground

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Zac Brown Band fans currently have the opportunity to get their hands on a custom-painted Taylor guitar and help out a great cause at the same time.

Bai Brands has teamed up with ZBB for the Guitar Project auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Camp Southern Ground. Five emerging visual artists were selected to create the unique artwork that adorns the limited series of Zac Brown Band Signature custom Taylor guitars; plus, all five instruments that are being auctioned off were played by Brown himself during the band’s 2015 fall and winter tour dates.

“They’re just gorgeous guitars,” ZBB violinist Jimmy De Martini tells The Boot. “You get this amazing, one-of-a-kind design.”

Brown founded Camp Southern Ground to help children who face difficult challenges (academic, social and emotional) and disabilities. The camp experience gives the kids the chance to learn life skills and teamwork in a positive and healthy environment. Its 400-plus-acre campus in Georgia’s farmlands includes a music center, amphitheater, adventure center, organic farm and much more.

“My vision is for Camp Southern Ground to help kids of all different backgrounds overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties, while helping their families and spreading a positive message,” Brown says in a press release. “I’ve been blessed with an amazing gift, and the camp is a way for me to give back.”

De Martini tells The Boot that fundraising for Camp Southern Ground is going faster than the band expected (recently, the auction of a 2017 Acura NSX supercar raised $600,000 for the camp). Phase 1 of development and construction of the camp is complete, and progress toward finishing the camp’s grounds is moving right along.

“My son actually attended a trial camp this fall,” De Martini notes. “He’s eight years old, and he went out there and just had a blast; he didn’t want to leave … It’s a great project.”

The Guitar Project auction closes on Feb. 11. For more information, or to see the guitars or place a bid, visit eBay.

Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, in its fifth year in 2016, is set to take place in Charleston, S.C., on April 16-17. Information about ticketing, VIP perks and travel packages can be found on the event’s official website.

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