Echoes Of Glory, Confederate

Date:
1991
Publisher/Studio:
Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books
Description (physical):

Hardback, 9" x 11", 318 p.

Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Fender Jazzmaster

Date:
1958
Publisher/Studio:
Fullerton, CA: Fender Electric Instrument Company

This is a prototype of Fender's Jazzmaster model that was introduced as the new top-of-the-line guitar in 1958. It was the first guitar to have an asymmetrical waist and to feature a switch allowing quick changes between rhythm and lead tones. Fender was attempting to market the instrument to jazz musicians, thus the name. Instead, it became the guitar of choice for surf bands like the Beach Boys.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012
Identifier:
10.027
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Fender Mary Kaye Stratocaster

Date:
1959
Publisher/Studio:
Fullerton, CA: Fender Electric Instrument Company

The combination of gold hardware and custom translucent beige finish on this rare example first appeared on a guitar belonging to Las Vegas-based trio leader Mary Kaye. Shown in a 1956 Fender promotional ad featuring her group, this design earned the nickname "The Mary Kaye Strat." Associating well-known musical artists with their electric guitars was a highly effective marketing tool for guitar companies. Admiring enthusiasts were influenced to purchase the same instrument model as their favorite performer.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.028
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Gibson Les Paul Standard, Or Sunburst

Date:
1959
Publisher/Studio:
Kalamazoo, MI: Gibson Inc.

After its introduction in 1952, Gibson's Les Paul model went through a variety of modifications that culminated in the classic Standard, or Sunburst, in 1958. Its maple cap on a solid mahogany body and the newly perfected twin-coil humbucking pickups produce a sound that is highly suitable for rock music. Famous players like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Duane Allman helped this guitar become one of the most popular ever. Les Paul Standards dating from 1958-1960 are among the most sought-after guitars on the vintage market.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.029
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Prince's Yellow Cloud

Date:
1989
Creator:
David Rusan, Barry Haugen
Publisher/Studio:
Minneapolis, MN: Knut-Koupee Enterprises, Inc.

This guitar was designed by Prince for his exclusive use and was custom-made by Minneapolis craftsmen. The musician's distinctive personal symbol adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard. Today, custom work for famous instrumentalists provides an important marketing tool for small-scale guitar makers. Solid-body construction enables the creation of highly imaginative shapes. Colors like this bright yellow were first offered commercially by Fender in the mid-1950s.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.041
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Mosrite Custom

Date:
1980
Publisher/Studio:
Bakersfield, CA: Mosrite Company

This guitar was handmade by Mosrite Company founder Semie Moseley, in gratitude to a financial backer. The body is laminated walnut and maple, and the bronze hardware was cast from molds. Its frets were uniquely designed to reduce neck vibration, connecting to an interior bar that runs through the length of the guitar's neck.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.04
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Gittler

Date:
1971
Creator:
Alan Gittler

A custom guitar maker, Alan Gittler continually experimented with the minimalist approach, using simple materials and removing all aspects of the traditional guitar that he considered unnecessary. By 1978 he had perfected this skeleton design and was building limited quantities by hand.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.039
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Rickenbacker 331 Light Show

Date:
1971
Publisher/Studio:
Santa Ana, CA: Rickenbacker, Inc.

The unusual Light Show model was made in limited quantities from 1970 to 1975. Behind the translucent top of this guitar are rows of different colored bulbs that light up depending on which particular frequencies are played. The special effects reflect an era of increasingly flashy concerts in large arenas and the rock music popular at the time.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.038
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Mosrite Strawberry Alarm Clock

Date:
1967
Publisher/Studio:
Bakersfield, CA: Mosrite Company

This neon green, uniquely shaped instrument is an extreme example of Semie Moseley's design innovations. It reflects the culture of the late 1960s, when it was custom-made as one of a matched trio of neon-colored guitars for the band Strawberry Alarm Clock. Influenced by Paul Barth of the Electro String Instrument Corporation (Rickenbacker) and by Roger Rossmeisl of the Fender and Rickenbacker companies, Moseley is best known for the guitars he custom-made for The Ventures.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.037
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Gibson Skylark

Date:
1961
Publisher/Studio:
Kalamazoo, MI: Gibson Inc.

The Skylark lap-steel guitar was introduced in 1956. It is made out of the same African limba wood, but is not as unusually shaped, as Gibson's Spanish-style Flying V and Explorer models. Designed to be a budget model, the Skylark became Gibson's most successful lap-steel of the late 1950s and 1960s.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
10.036
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History