Vintage instrument collection to be sold at Fayetteville Roots HQ

Smilin’ Bob Lewis / Courtesy

The instrument collection of a beloved local musician will be on display and for sale in Fayetteville next week.

The Fayetteville Roots HQ will host the sale of dozens of guitars, fiddles, banjos, amplifiers, and more that belonged to longtime local musician James Robert “Smilin’ Bob” Lewis from Nov. 1-7.

Lewis passed away in 2019, and was well known as a musician in a host of local bands, including River Mountain Band, Bluesmith, J.R. & The Mighty Rhythm Kings, The Crumbs, Ben Miller Band, and Tyrannosaurus Chicken.

Lewis amassed the collection of vintage instruments, most originating in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, over his long music career.

The instruments will be on sale in the famed Guisinger Music Building, in the space that was home to a music store years ago and currently houses the Fayetteville Roots headquarters. It’s located at 1 E. Mountain St. on the Fayetteville square.

Proceed will benefit Lewis’ family.

Hours for the sale are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. It is open to the public, but only one shopper will be allowed in at a time. Update: Organizers have decided to allow multiple shoppers at once. Masks will be required for entry.