GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World at the Springfield Science Museum

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World

January 18, 2013–April 21, 2013 Springfield Science Museum » Second Floor

Springfield Science Museum, Second Floor

WATCH: GUITAR featured on WGBY's Connecting Point
LISTEN: WRSI's Monte Belmonte tours GUITAR, Monte Interviews Les Paul expert Steve Waksman
LEARN: The Physics of Rock Guitar with Dr. Mark Lewney

The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. This fully immersive exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to interact with the guitar from the historical perspective, focusing on its evolution and design, the music that guitars have helped to create, and the continued improvements in guitar technology. Featuring more than 60 instruments from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative, along with performance video and audio, hands-on interactives, touch screens, and photographs.

In the Science Museum…

Guitars from 1960’s–present, including:

  • The “Rock Ock”, world’s only playable 8-necked guitar
  • The World’s Largest Playable Guitar (43 feet long!)

The Science of Guitars and their Sound, including:

  • The mechanics and physics of building and playing guitars
  • How pick-ups and amplifiers transmit signals on electric guitars
  • Strobe-light displays of vibrations on guitar strings
  • Design your own guitar station

This exhibition continues in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

$3 special exhibition fee for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission.

Exhibit organized by the National Guitar Museum.

Sponsored by United Bank
Media Sponsors: WGBY Public Television for Western New England  93.9 The River
Additional sponsors: Cooley Shrair P.C., Columbia Gas of Massachuetts, and Falcetti Music