Nashville Flooding: Soundcheck Nashville Under Water

May 4, 2010 by  

Nashville, TN, is Music City USA and is home to more great players and gear than possible any single place on Earth. With the recent 100-year flood that recently hit the Nashville area, many of our brother and sister musicians in town are feeling the disaster in ways that would be worst-case scenario for us and certainly must be for them. There are reports of damage to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ol’ Opry House, which are devastating to any fan of country music, but, for all us pickers and gear junkies, perhaps one of the most distressing losses in this whole event is the flooding of Soundcheck Nashville.

Soundcheck is basically the one-stop rehearsal, tour prep, storage, cartage, and rental shop for the Nashville music community. That means that pretty much everyone you’ve ever heard of stores their gear there and uses the Soundcheck folks to move it around for them. All that stuff is now under water, along with all of their rental gear. Police are not allowing access to the building and won’t until the water recedes, so no one really knows the extent of the damage, yet.

It is hard to imagine the amount of gear that is soaking in Cumberland River water as of this writing. There have been some postings on other guitar forums of some of the losses, including Brad Paisley’s touring rig and of bassist Keith Horne (Trisha Yearwood, Waylon, Easton Corbin) who estimated that 40 of his basses were at Soundcheck, along with many other items. No flood of this nature is ever a good thing, but this hits most of us pretty close to home.

We here at Gear-Vault send our thoughts and prayers to our Nashville kin and wish them and the city a speedy recovery. If your guitars and amps are high and dry today, you are one of the lucky ones, so have an attitude of gratitude; many in our community are not so fortunate. Anyone interested in staying updated on the situation can follow the flood blog on the Soundcheck website,

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2 Responses to “Nashville Flooding: Soundcheck Nashville Under Water”
  1. Jamie Scott says:

    Nashville Flood: Initial Steps to Take When Recovering Your Guitar Amp

    I am an amp builder/designer based in Franklin/Nashville TN. I was lucky enough to be on high ground, about 100 yards from the flood water. Others were less fortunate. If your prized amplifier(s) have been damaged, take these initial steps:

    NOTE: Take steps to handle your gear in a sanitary manner (rubber gloves, etc.). Keep in mind that your amp has been submerged in likely contaminated water (chemicals, microbes, waste and other yuck).
    NOTE: Do NOT spray your gear off with a hose… it’s wet already isn’t it? While it is already wet, spraying it off will likely cause more damage by forcing water or contaminants deeper into the circuitry.

    • Oxygen and high-humidity are not your amp’s friend after a flood – they’re responsible for bringing on rust. Rust is corrosion and will expand and cause all kinds of damage. We need to take immediate action to dry out these amplifiers once they’re recovered from the flood site.
    • I’d get the most prized pieces of gear disassembled immediately (like in the parking lot once they let you on site) and get the chassis toweled dry. Then wrap it in a dry towel and get it home asap and place it in an air-conditioned room.
    • Blast the AC and put the gear near the vent. The goal here is to get the chassis in a low-humidity environment. This will keep corrosion down to a slower pace.
    • If you have one, use a wet-vac and vacuum out additional water.

    We now have some time to get the transformers out and get them dry. I’ve discussed the situation with Mercury Magnetics and they’ve pledged to assistance with re-baking transformers. If a transformer is too severely damaged, they’ll rewind or provide replacements at reduced cost for Nashville musicians impacted by the flood.

    In any case, do not power the amp on even if it looks like it’s dry as it needs to be examined carefully first. Many vintage and high-end amps have cloth insulated wires. Once they’ve become compromised by moisture they can no longer effectively insulate and block or retain heat. They’ll need to be examined and serviced accordingly.

    Let me know if I can help further.
    Jamie Scott
    Tone fanatic and amp designer
    3RD POWER Amplification

  2. Jorge Davalos says:

    Hi there,

    Because of alex hurricane my fender hot rod 410 was covered in mud for like 14 days or so.

    dont know what to do with it.

    i cleaned it. however dont know what else to do, the tolex has come unglue.

    im somehow scare to plug the amp and get like electric shock or something

    what can I do?



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