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Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — From Hendrix to Page, Paul McCartney to The Edge we’ve all been captivated by the unmistakable sounds of the guitar, and if you visit Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the new exhibit at the Springfield Museums, be prepared to be captivated again.

The exhibit opened today and will run through April 21st and at an additional $3 per person, it’s well worth the investment.

ABC40 had the chance to speak with the Executive Director of the National Guitar Museum and curator of the exhibit HP Newquist.

When asked what he found most interesting about the collection, Newquist said, “I think the fact that we have guitars from really interesting touch points in the history of the guitar.” He added that some of the pieces in the exhibit are so rare, most of us will never see them aside from this collection.

But the history of the instrument isn’t the only captivating feature of this exhibit. The science of sound and the evolution of engineering behind the guitar are also major components.

“There’s so much that you can get from the guitar that has science inherent in it. For instance electromagnetism in pickups, the generation of sound waves as strings are plucked, so there’s a great deal to be learned subliminally almost,” said Newquist.

There’s also no shortage of events surrounding the exhibit either. Saturdays at 1pm the museum will feature live music demonstrations provided by Falcetti Music instructors and students.

During February and April school vacation weeks. there will be performances and hands on activities geared towards kids. And on March 7th the museum will feature Guitar for their Culture and Cocktails event.

But if you’re interested in visiting with the whole family, then don’t miss their Family Fun Celebration Opening Event Saturday January 19th. Special performances and activities celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be going on at the museum from 10am-5pm.

No matter if you love acoustic or electric, if you’re a guitar player or just a music lover, you won’t want to miss Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World.

For more information on the exhibit, you can visit this website

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