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Trace the journey of the guitar in American popular music through the exploration of iconic instruments and the musicians that played them.

The exhibition features nearly 20 guitars from music legends like Howlin' Wolf's 1965 Epiphone Casino, Nancy Wilson's 1965 Fender Stratocaster, Brandi Carlile's Taylor GC8, and Jerry Cantrell's 1984 G&L Rampage. The gallery also presents a timeline of significant milestones highlighting the instrument's development from the Fender Telecaster, the Gibson SG and beyond.

Guests can deepen their understanding of how the electric guitar works through a detailed infographic focused on hardware like pickups, frets, the headstock, and pickguard.

The gallery also features video that gives visitors a chance to hear the instruments in action through clips of nearly 30 musicians featured in the exhibition including Poison Ivy, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Bob Dylan.

Guitar Gallery is included with museum admission and is free for MoPOP Members.

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