Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wall of Guitars

By: Julie L. Cleveland

I love music, and I always have. When I was really young, I had a 45 taken away from me for playing and singing too much. Yes, you can play and sing too much. As soon as  you hear it, you will understand how and why it got taken away from me. Turn your speakers DOWN before hitting play!


Since my life has been filled with music, I enjoyed the guitar exhibit at the EMP museum in Seattle, Washington.

This was how we were greeted when we walked through the door. As a keyboard player, I was really interested in the one lone keyboard in this tower of power.


The exhibit is The Guitar Gallery: The Quest for Volume, and the lighting made it hard to grab a lot of really good shots, but the ones I did get were some of the iconic guitars in music history. While I only took a few guitar lessons and can play one song, I do enjoy the sound of a really good guitar player, and I like a lot of different types of music.


This guitar belonged to Tampa Red, and it is a resonator guitar.


I know this one is recognizable to all those who rocked in the 80s.


The Champs.


The Fendercaster


The famous Les Paul.


Finally, the Martin guitar.

While we were there, they were also doing a tribute exhibit to Nirvana. While, not a huge fan, I did enjoy some of their music because rock and roll bands were few and far between in the 80s, and I was a little tired of Guns and Roses and Def Leppard.




Julie and Blu



  1. While the sculptural entry is awesome, these exhibits often make me sad. I feel instruments deserve to be played and stay in the world of the living. Still the EMF museum sounds like a great stop when visiting Seattle.

  2. Wow, that guitar tower is crazy! I showed my husband the photos. He was into heavy rock music in the 80s and recognized the different guitars used by various bands.

  3. I think the guitar tower is awesome. Love these museum posts. Very interesting to see :)

  4. Think I would be transfixed by the guitar tower, but like you, wonder about the lone keyboard! Music has always been a huge part of my life, from playing several instruments to listening to opera, rock and roll, the blues and any other genre (but not rap, oh, no!). My husband had a Gibson, looking very much like the one on the right in the photo, but, alas, he sold it. Miss hearing him play. Would have been hard to drag me out of this museum! Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  5. Wow, I hope they didn't hurt those guitars by putting them in that tower!