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Electric Guitar

User:
Cropper, Steve  Search this
Maker:
Fender  Search this
Physical Description:
ash (overall material)
maple (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 38 3/4 in x 12 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 98.425 cm x 32.385 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: California, Fullerton
Date made:
1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Steve Cropper
ID Number:
2016.0358.03
Accession number:
2016.0358
Catalog number:
2016.0358.03
Serial number:
8186
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:nmah_1822424

Electric Guitar

User:
Cropper, Steve  Search this
Maker:
Fender  Search this
Physical Description:
ash (overall material)
maple (overall material)
rosewood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 38 1/2 in x 12 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 97.79 cm x 32.0675 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: California, Fullerton
Date made:
1961
Credit Line:
Gift of Steve Cropper
ID Number:
2016.0358.01
Accession number:
2016.0358
Catalog number:
2016.0358.01
Serial number:
67551
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Exhibition:
Exhibit:
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1822376

Electric Guitar

User:
Cropper, Steve  Search this
Maker:
Fender  Search this
Physical Description:
ash (overall material)
maple (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 38 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 97.79 cm x 31.75 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: California, Fullerton
Date made:
1975
Credit Line:
Gift of Steve Cropper
ID Number:
2016.0358.02
Accession number:
2016.0358
Catalog number:
2016.0358.02
Serial number:
604177
Patent number:
2573254
3143028
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:nmah_1822405
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Electric Guitar

Donor Name:
Mary Anne Najjar  Search this
Length:
81.5cm
85cm
Width:
21cm
23cm
Height:
6.5cm
9.5cm
Culture:
Hawaiian  Search this
Object Type:
Guitar
Place:
Hawaii, United States, Polynesia
Accession Date:
Jan 19, 2005
Collection Date:
1940
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
2033762
USNM Number:
E432618-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_10061612
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Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Maker:
Fender Musical Instruments Corp.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 12 1/2 in x 38 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 97.79 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: Arizona, Scottsdale
Date made:
1995
Credit Line:
Gift of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
ID Number:
1995.0186.01
Accession number:
1995.0186
Catalog number:
1995.0186.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_607618

Gibson Old Hickory Electric Guitar

Referenced:
Jackson, Andrew  Search this
Maker:
Gibson Guitar Corp.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 99 cm x 33 cm x 5 cm; 39 in x 13 in x 1 15/16 in
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Nashville
Date made:
1998
Credit Line:
Gift of Gibson Guitar Company
ID Number:
2001.0185.01
Serial number:
OH-001
Accession number:
2001.0185
Catalog number:
2001.0185.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:nmah_1203028

Inventing Electric Guitars

Creator:
Smithsonian Education  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2008-02-05T22:15:36.000Z
Topic:
Education  Search this
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
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SmithsonianEducation
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianEducation
Data Source:
Smithsonian Education
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_kV19iB-_U5g

Slingerland Songster Electric Guitar

Maker:
Slingerland Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 93 cm x 30 cm x 5 cm; 36 5/8 in x 11 13/16 in x 1 31/32 in
Object Name:
guitar
Place Made:
United States
Date made:
1939
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert J. Kent
ID Number:
1997.0063.01
Catalog number:
1997.0063.01
Accession number:
1997.0063
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_608102

Parker Fly Electric Guitar

Maker:
Parker Guitars  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 45 cm x 32 cm x 95 cm; 17 11/16 in x 12 5/8 in x 37 3/8 in
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Wilmington
Date made:
1997
Related Publication:
parkersguitars.com
Credit Line:
Gift of Ken Parker and Larry Fishman
ID Number:
1997.0299.01
Accession number:
1997.0299
Catalog number:
1997.0299.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_608161

Electric Guitar Amplifier

User:
Cropper, Steve  Search this
Maker:
Fender  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 18 in x 18 in x 9 in; 45.72 cm x 45.72 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
amplifier
Place made:
United States: California, Fullerton
Date made:
1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Steve Cropper
ID Number:
2016.0358.04
Accession number:
2016.0358
Catalog number:
2016.0358.04
Serial number:
H001739
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Exhibition:
Exhibit:
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1822443

Prince's Yellow Cloud Electric Guitar

Maker:
Haugen, Barry  Search this
Rusan, David  Search this
Knut-Koupee Enterprises, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood; paint; plastic; brass; metals (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 38 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 97.79 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.985 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place Made:
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Date made:
1989
Subject:
African American  Search this
Blacks  Search this
Related Publication:
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Credit Line:
Gift of Paisley Park Enterprises through Skip Johnson
ID Number:
1993.0435.01
Catalog number:
1993.0435.01
Accession number:
1993.0435
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_607482
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Van Halen Frankenstein Electric Guitar

User:
Van Halen, Edward  Search this
Maker:
E.L.V.H., Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
red (overall color)
black and white (overall single or multi-hued designation)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 39 in x 12 3/4 in x 5 in; 99.06 cm x 32.385 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Date made:
2007
Subject:
Music  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Eddie Van Halen through Jeff Cary, Senior Vice President, Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
ID Number:
2010.0246.01
Accession number:
2010.0246
Catalog number:
2010.0246.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397533
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Electric guitar belonging to Chuck Berry, nicknamed "Maybellene"

Manufactured by:
Gibson Guitar Corp., American, founded 1894  Search this
Owned by:
Chuck Berry, American, 1926 - 2017  Search this
Subject of:
Chess Records, American, founded 1950  Search this
Medium:
wood and metal
Dimensions:
41 x 17 x 4 in. (104.1 x 43.2 x 10.2 cm)
Type:
guitars
Date:
1959
Topic:
African American  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Rock and roll (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Donation of Charles E. Berry
Object number:
2011.137.2
Restrictions & Rights:
1960 Gibson Guitar Corporation
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Musical Instruments
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.137.2

The History of the Electric Guitar

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-02T18:36:22.000Z
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel
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Electric Guitar Video Documentation

Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Extent:
7.5 Cubic Feet (15 boxes )
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Videotapes -- 1990-2000
Date:
1996 November 11-16
Summary:
This week-long event explored the intersection of technology and music in the 20th century; it included oral and video histories, exhibitions, concerts, and a symposium discussing the cultural significance of the electric guitar as instrument, technology, and symbol.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains original, master, and reference videos in several formats: BetaCam SP, 3⁄4" U-matic, 1⁄2" VHS, digital audio tape (DAT), and compact disks (CD). The collection documents Electrified, Amplified, and Deified: The Electric Guitar, Its Makers, and Its Players, as part of the Lemelson Center's series of New Perspectives. Through a series of public events, the Lemelson Center explored the intersection of technology and music in the 20th century. The week-long event included oral and video histories, exhibitions, concerts, and a symposium discussing the cultural significance of the electric guitar as instrument, technology, and symbol and an electronic fieldtrip for school age children.

The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1, Oral Histories, 1996; Series 2, Symposium and Other Programs, 1996; Series 3, Innovative Lives and Electronic Fieldtrip Presentation, 1996; and Series 4, Miscellaneous, 1996, undated. Each series is further divided into subseries arranged by format—BetaCam SP, digital audio tape (DAT), 3⁄4" U-Matic, and 1⁄2" VHS. The symposium footage has multiple camera angles resulting in Camera A and Camera B.

The oral histories contain interviews with some of the best known electric guitar manufacturers, luthiers, and accessory makers discussing major twentieth-century technological and cultural trends. The interviews were conduct by Reuben Jackson, Marge Oustrushko, Robert Santelli and Matt Watson. The interviewees include: Junior Brown; John Ingram; Duke Kramer; Ted McCarty; Pat Metheny; Les Paul; G.E. Smith; Paul Reed Smith; Joe Louis Walker; and Tom Wheeler.

Les Paul was interviewed as part of the Lemelson Center's series Portraits of Invention. Legendary guitarist and innovator Les Paul discusses his work with Marc Pachter, Counselor to the Secretary of the Smithsonian. Additionally, Les Paul discusses his work with Matt Watson.

The Acoustic Guitar Concert held at NMAH's Hall of Musical Instruments on November 14, 1996, included a performance by Howard Aldin, guitarist. Martha Morris, Deputy Director, NMAH; Art Molella, Director, Lemelson Center; and James Weaver, Curator, NMAH provided opening remarks.

The symposium, New Sounds, and other programs explored events surrounding the invention of the electric guitar, past and present technological innovations, and contributions made by early pioneers of guitar making. Two evening concerts included performances by some of the country's finest electric guitarists—Howard Aldin, Jim Hall, Junior Brown, Joe Louis Walker, and The Ventures.

New Sounds explores the intersection of technology and music in the 20th century, focusing on the invention and diffusion of the electric guitar. The symposium brings together inventors, historians, and musicians for a day of conversation and inquiry.

The morning sessions addressed Inventing and Popularizing the Electric Guitar with National Museum of American (NMAH) Curator, Charles McGovern, and Innovators and Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion with participants Ted McCarty, Duke Kramer, John Hall, Richard R. Smith, and moderator Tom Wheeler.

The afternoon sessions addressed The Electric Guitar in Context with an introduction by NMAH archivist, Reuben Jackson, and historians, Susan Horning, James Kraft, and Rebecca McSwain discussing relationships among invention, economics, labor, race, and technological enthusiasm. After the session the panelists fielded audience questions.

The Innovative Lives Presentation and Electronic Fieldtrip were presented in cooperation with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH. Robert Santelli, Director of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Paul Reed Smith and G.E. Smith, described the invention of the electric guitar, demonstrated the different types of music played on a variety of guitars, and answered student questions about musical innovation and the electric guitar. Student's participation included: Kenmore Middle School (Arlington, VA); Robert Frost Middle School (Rockville, MD); Paul Junior High School (Washington, D.C.); Elkhart Community Schools (Indiana); and Cleveland, OH area middle schools.

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History through a generous gift from the Lemelson Foundation. The Center's mission is: to document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation; to encourage inventive creativity in young people; and to foster an appreciation for the central role invention and innovation play in the history of the United States. The Innovative Lives series brings together Museum visitors and especially, school age children, and American inventors to discuss inventions and the creative process and to experiment and play with hands-on activities related to each inventor's product. This collection was recorded by the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Oral Histories, 1996

Subseries 1, BetaCam SP, 1969 (originals) Subseries 2, BetaCam SP, 1996 (masters) Subseries 3, Digital Audio Tape (DAT), 1996 (originals) Subseries 4, 1⁄2" VHS, 1996 (reference copies) Subseries 5, CD-ROMs, 1996 (reference copies)

Series 2, Symposium and Other Programs, 1996

Subseries 1, BetaCam SP, 1996 (originals)

Subseries 2, BetaCam SP, 1996 (masters)

Subseries 3, 3⁄4" U-matic SP, 1996 (masters)

Subseries 4, 1⁄2" VHS, 1996 (reference copies)

Series 3, Innovative Lives and Electronic Fieldtrip Presentation, 1996

Subseries 1, BetaCam SP, 1996 (original)

Subseries 2, BetaCam SP, 1996 (masters)

Subseries 3, 1⁄2" VHS, 1996 (reference copies)

Series 4, Miscellaneous, 1996, undated

Subseries 1, BetaCam SP, undated (originals)

Subseries 2, BetaCam SP, undated (masters)

Subseries 3, Digital Audio Tape (DAT), 1996 (originals)

Subseries 4, 1⁄2" VHS, undated

Subseries 5, CD-ROM (reference copy), 1996
Biographical / Historical:
Just the words "electric guitar" can conjure up images in our minds. Jimi Hendrix playing "The Star-Spangled Banner." The neighbor's kid whose band practices in the garage. Leather jackets, motorcycles, and slicked-back hair. A Fender Stratocaster. Or a Gibson Flying V or Les Paul. Music that is, depending on your generation, either too loud or not quite loud enough. Rock and roll. Jazz. Blues. Country. The sound of an electric guitar is familiar to most of us. How did that happen? Why has the work of the people who invented, designed, and popularized this instrument become so much a part of everyday life?

These questions and others were raised during Electrified, Amplified, and Deified: The Electric Guitar, Its Makers, and Its Players, the second in the Lemelson Center's annual series on New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation. From November 9-16, 1996, the Center, in cooperation with the National Museum of American History Division of Cultural History, sponsored concerts, movies, interviews, makers' displays, an exhibit, and a symposium, all spotlighting those inventors and players who plugged in and forever changed the sound of American music.
Provenance:
This collection was created by the Lemelson Center and NMAH staff from the Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment in November of 1996.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Series 1, Oral Histories, the Les Paul oral history interviews are restricted; see repository for details.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Musical instruments industry -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Musical instruments -- 20th century  Search this
Guitar -- 20th century  Search this
Electric Guitar -- 1920-2000  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes -- 1990-2000
Citation:
Electric Guitar Video Documentation, 1996 November, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0610
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Electric Guitar Video Documentation
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0610

Paul Reed Smith "Dragon 2000" Electric Guitar

Maker:
Smith, Paul Reed  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 98 cm x 34 cm x 6 cm; 38 9/16 in x 13 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in
Object Name:
guitar
Place Made:
United States: Maryland, Kent Island, Stevensville
Date made:
1999
Credit Line:
Gift of the Levin Family/Washington Music Center and Barnes & Thornberg
ID Number:
2000.0074.01
Accession number:
2000.0074
Catalog number:
2000.0074.01
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1192868
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Paul Reed Smith "Dragon I" Electric Guitar

Maker:
Smith, Paul Reed  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 38 in x 13 in x 2 in; 96.52 cm x 33.02 cm x 5.08 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: Maryland, Annapolis
Date made:
1993
Credit Line:
Gift of Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center through C. Levin
ID Number:
1993.0156.01
Catalog number:
1993.0156.01
Accession number:
1993.0156
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_607476

Danelectro Electric Bass Guitar

User:
Pizzarelli, John "Bucky"  Search this
Maker:
Danelectro  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 110.3 cm x 33.7 cm; 43 7/16 in x 13 1/4 in
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Red Bank
Date made:
ca 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of John "Bucky" Pizzarelli
ID Number:
2006.0004.02
Accession number:
2006.0004
Catalog number:
2006.0004.02
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1301424

Gibson Electric-Acoustic Guitar

Maker:
Gibson Co.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 40 1/2 in x 16 in x 4 1/4 in; 102.87 cm x 40.64 cm x 10.795 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
Date made:
1937
ID Number:
1997.0085.01
Catalog number:
1997.0085.01
Accession number:
1997.0085
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_608100

Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar used by Sting

User:
Sting  Search this
Maker:
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 39 in x 12 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 99.06 cm x 31.75 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
guitar
Date made:
1978
Subject:
Rock and Roll  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of G. M. Sumner
ID Number:
2017.0255.01
Accession number:
2017.0255
Catalog number:
2017.0255.01
Serial number:
S908109
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1858691

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