MIM: Musical Instrument Museum

A history lesson

What do Elvis, Pete Townsend, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Cash, Ray Orbison, and Carlos Santana, have in common? Well, their famous electric guitars are in a featured exhibit at the Musical Instruments Museum in Phoenix.  Our family spent the day there yesterday. It was very impressive; we felt like we had traveled the world when we were through. The museum features all instruments from around the world. It’s massive. So let’s play a little game, guitar enthusiasts. From the guitar greats listed aforementioned, who belongs to the famous guitar?

ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN

Focusing on random guitars, here are more random shots. 

1938 Electric Model M Hawaiian Guitar
1950s Quad Stringmaster electric steel guitar
Not a guitar, but Ravi Shankar’s sitar.

 

1. Pete; 2. Johnny; 3. Elvis; 4. Elvis; 5. Santana; 6 Roy; 7. Stevie Ray 

 

 

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  1. Cool,,, I got #6.
    My favorite guitar was owned by Spanish gypsy, Manitas De Plata. One one side Salvador Dali had painted a picture. On the other there was a Pablo Picasso painting. He actually handed it to me so I could say I held a genuine Dali and a genuine Picasso.

  2. How amazing. I would love to have visited that museum. I notice they had a sitar there. I owned one while working in India and took lessons. I was just looking at a picture of me playing to my very young baby daughter and having a chuckle over it this week. Interesting instrument.

  3. I guessed a couple before I got to the end, though Roy’s guitar strap was a giveaway that I won’t claim. 🙂

    I have an electric guitar. It is a Gibson Les Paul copy, (by Epiphone) assembled in the US. It was first prize in a competition that I entered, and one of the few things I ever won. A friend gave me a Marshall practice amp, and I tried to learn to play it. But I was lacking those two essentials. Patience, and natural ability.
    But I love its timeless look. Here’s a photo of one the same as mine.
    http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Les-Paul-Standard.aspx

    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. If it survives! I saw and read somewhere that he’s been playing the same one for over sixty years. It’s a piece of papr after all that wear and tear and strumming.

  4. Great post 🙂 Those are neat pictures of the guitars. I am so glad that they are being preserved in a museum 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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