While passing through Idaho Falls, ID we stopped to check out the National Guitar Museum‘s traveling exhibit. It was a great introduction to the guitar and still fun to see for someone more familiar with the instrument and rock (not to mention the fact that I live in the Great Pacific Northwest with the Experience Music Project in Seattle). Seeing Johnny Winter’s Firebird guitar with the SG neck was pretty cool. And one of Chuck Berry’s Gibsons too! I think it was an ES355, but I can’t remember. The cool thing was how he had taken off the arm for the vibrato. It was a well used guitar, which is always neat.
For me, the coolest part of the exhibit was the Teisco Spectrum 4 they had on display. As I have said before, the Teisco Spectrum is a great guitar and I plan to recreate a whole bunch of them. But seeing it with all the other amazing guitars seemed to validate my original interest.
Sure, there are some amazing guitars in the exhibit that I would love to have, but I haven’t tried to recreate a Parker or some other guitar that is also a piece of art. I have begun putting together a Spectrum. And I still think it is a great amalgamation of guitar features.
So if you get a chance to see the traveling exhibit, check out the Teisco Spectrum 4!