“GUITAR: THE INSTRUMENT THAT ROCKED THE WORLD”
THE NATIONAL GUITAR MUSEUM EXHIBIT IS COMING TO PORTLAND’S OMSI SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH
This is one exhibit that I had been hoping to see for the past FOUR years! The National GUITAR Museum does have the perfect tagline for the exhibit: “GUITAR: THE INSTRUMENT THAT ROCKED THE WORLD”.
As it has been making it’s way around the country, it has somehow managed to elude me and be in every city that I wasn’t in (partially true…I just couldn’t get to it and I thought this sounded pretty good.)
“The National GUITAR Museum was founded to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar. It is the world’s first museum dedicated to the history, science, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar.”
Over one million people have already seen this wonderful exhibit! I even had the opportunity to see what was happening four days before the opening as Executive Director of The National GUITAR Museum, H.P. Newquist invited me to come on down to OMSI to check out and even play some of these wonderful instruments.
The National GUITAR Museum’s Board of Advisors are none other than notable guitarists Ritchie Blackmore, Liona Boyd, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Pat Kirtley, Steve Vai, and Joe Bonamassa. Johnny Winter was also part of this prestigious group until his passing last year. He still has a hand in this from another realm.
THE EXHIBIT… “GUITAR: THE INSTRUMENT THAT ROCKED THE WORLD”
There’s all kinds of cool stringed instruments in the exhibit.
“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” is a Touring Exhibition that offers attendees an entertaining, engaging, and hands-on experience with one of the most important cultural icons in history: the guitar. The Exhibition is comprised of three elements: the science of sound; the evolution, engineering, and design of the guitar; and its cultural impact. The Exhibition engages visitors in an experience that is visual, tactile, and aural. “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” has it all: Music. Science. History. Pop culture. Video. Education. Interactives. Games.”
“It has an immense cool factor and is designed from the outset to attract all age groups – from individuals to families. Kids, teenagers, adults . . . every age group has its own connection to the guitar, from classic rock songs and concert memories on to film soundtracks and videogames. And the guitar has no boundaries: every form of popular music features the guitar.”
Here’s a fun video from 2011, the year the exhibit first got out to the public:
THE FIRST ELECTRIC GUITAR
If you’ve never seen one, there’s even a Rickenbacker Frying Pan in this exhibit! You just don’t see too many of these floating around. That was the first one I have ever seen in person and held in my hands.
UNIQUE & WEIRD GUITARS: TONY COCHRAN GUITARS – BOOSTERCASTER
You’ll see plenty of unique