Oral History Information
Walter Carter along with his wife, Christie, formed Nashville's "friendliest guitar store" when they opened Carter Vintage Guitars. With a last name so well known in country music, you can understand why a beautiful painting of Mother Maybelle Carter adorns the outside wall of the building. The couple proudly established a store in which men and women can feel welcomed and comfortable, along with a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and inventory that makes most musicians feel like a kid in a candy store. Walter has also written several books and articles on the history of fretted instruments, including a book on the 100th anniversary of the Gibson Guitar Company. Walter was first interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program in 2003 and again, alongside his wife, in 2016.