The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will unveil one of the most stunning guitar exhibits in the museum’s history.
On Sept. 29, a wall-to-wall guitar gallery will take up space on the museum’s second floor previously occupied by the Johnny Cash Music Masters display. The gallery will feature 15 guitars from a mix of music legends and modern stars:
Here’s the full list of artists whose instruments are featured:
Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead
Geddy Lee of Rush
Garry Tallent of the E Street Band
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
Rick Danko of the Band
Kim Deal of the Pixies
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick
Mike Rutherford of Genesis
Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara
The stories beyond each of the guitars are the stuff of music legend. For instance, Lee’s instrument uses the neck from his 1972 Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass that Rush used to record “Tom Sawyer.”
The display also features the acoustic guitar Clapton used to record his Grammy-winning song “Tears in Heaven.” The three-time Rock Hall inductee used the same guitar for his memorable 1992 “MTV Unplugged” performance.
Adams’ 1967 Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar was used on several of the musician’s most memorable albums. Armstrong’s 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior is the instrument he played during Green Day’s “American Idiot” recording process.
Then there’s John Lennon’s 1965 Epiphone Casino guitar, which goes all the way back to the Beatles’ recording sessions for “Revolver,” arguably, the greatest album ever made.
The stories go on and on, as most of the guitars have been in the Rock Hall’s vault for quite some time and will now make their debut to visitors.