About the Exhibition and Related Programs
The exhibition "From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise
of the Electric Guitar" was
on display from November 1996 through October 1997 at the National Museum of
American History. It was produced by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the
Study of Invention and Innovation, in association with The Chinery Collection.
Many of the guitars displayed in the exhibition were from
The Chinery Collection in Toms River, New Jersey. The collection,
now sold, was originally established to identify
and preserve instruments that are significant to the history
of the guitar in America.
The exhibition was presented in conjunction with the with
the 1996 programming series "Electrified, Amplified,
and Deified: The Electric Guitar, Its Makers, and Its Players," the
second in the Lemelson Center's annual series on New Perspectives
Invention and Innovation.
Frying Pan to Flying V" exhibit case featuring iconic
electric guitars in the "From Frying Pan to Flying
and electric guitars from The Chinery Collection.
This exhibition was a collective effort by staff of the
National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution.
Historical exhibitions are complex undertakings, and the
history they present is an interpretation of historical evidence
informed by knowledge and experience.
and Gary Sturm
1996 Web Site Design and Production:
Rodney J. van Zyl
2007 Revised Web Site Design:
Special thanks to: The Chinery Collection, the Country Music
Hall of Fame, John Peden, Rickenbacker International Corporation,
Richard R. Smith, the Division of Cultural History at the
National Museum of American History, and contributing authors
Marcia Daft and Charlie McGovern.