“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 guitars here alright, including a Tony Cochran Boostercaster as well as a 3-D printed guitar!
POPULAR AFFORDABLE GUITARS
You can never say enough about Danelectro and Silvertone Guitars! This nation of rock ‘n’ roll guitar players were brought up on these. The Silvertone Amp in Case is still a favorite after all these years.
THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD OR NEED I SAY THE EIGHT NECK WONDER OF THE WORLD…ROCK OCK
That’s right, Rock Ock. Rock Ock was created “as an over-the-top center piece for the National GUITAR Museum’s Traveling Exhibit”, “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World”. Rock Ock is the only playable guitar that has EIGHT necks. The “Brain-Child” of/ and commissioned by H.P. Newquist, Executive Director of The National GUITAR Museum, designed by Gerard Huerta of Gerard Huerta Design, and brought to fruition by Dan Neafsey of DGN Custom Guitars!
One might just think and ask, what is this ROCK OCK? It sounds like Doc Ock on steroids. The truth of the matter is, for a GUITAR, it IS the closest thing to DOC OCK ON STEROIDS.
Rock Ock comes complete with a Mandolin, Tenor Uke, 6-String Guitar, Fretless Bass, Fretted Bass, 12-String Guitar, Baritone Guitar, and even a 7-String Guitar. WHEW! Just imagine all that your disposal in ONE INSTRUMENT.
THE LARGEST PLAYABLE FLYING V IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET IS PART OF THIS GREAT EXHIBIT
This way cool exhibit features “more than 70 guitars” of which the world’s largest playable guitar as certified by the Guinness Book of Records is a part – A 43-1/2 foot FLYING V!
If your love of guitars is as real as your love of life is, you have to make it down to OMSI (or one of the towns that this traveling show visits) to experience the love that H.P. Newquist has for guitars and has put into this exhibit…(and I’ll admit it myself also that it goes for me too) and take part and enjoy “GUITAR: THE INSTRUMENT THAT ROCKED THE WORLD”.
We hope to continue with more about the exhibit at Jackaboutguitars.com after the opening with another post within the next few weeks. Stay tuned…and don’t forget to check out the first Air Guitar on exhibit. I’ve never seen anything like it!
Our sincerest thanks to National GUITAR Museum Executive Director H.P. Newquist for permission to use the NGM tagline, logo, photos, and excerpts from the NGM site as well as his lovely, wonderful wife Trini.
After seeing this way cool exhibit, I was led to come up with this little play on The National GUITAR Museum’s tagline with one of my own,
“NEWQUISTS: THE GUITAR LOVERS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD”.
Be sure to check out and like the National GUITAR Museum’s FaceBook Page , give them a like and then take a really extreme life changing trip to H.P. Newquist’s lighter look at passing (fancies) at Celebrity Death Trio. CDT is truly a graceful departure from the earthly norm that everyone’s dying to be a part of. – Jack