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A Louder Guitar  

* includes audio commentary by guitarist G.E. Smith

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Click to enlarge imageMartin Guitar, around 1852

Click to enlarge image*Gibson Archtop, 1898
Click to enlarge imageBohmann Harp Guitar, around 1910
Click to enlarge image*National Hawaiian Tricone, 1929
Click to enlarge image*Prairie State Conservatory "Big Boy" Acoustic, around 1910
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Click to enlarge image *Gibson Super 400 Acoustic, 1939

Click to enlarge image*Dobro Guitar—Artist Model, around 1940

Click to enlarge imageStromberg Master 400, 1954

Click to enlarge image*D'Angelico Teardrop, 1957

Click to enlarge image*D'Aquisto Advance Archtop, 1995


The Electrified Guitar  

* includes audio commentary by guitarist G.E. Smith

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Click to enlarge imageRickenbacker Electro Hawaiian, the Frying Pan, around 1931

Click to enlarge imageGibson Super 400 Electric, 1934


Click to enlarge image*Rickenbacker Electro Spanish (Model B), 1936
Click to enlarge imageGibson ES-150, around 1937

Click to enlarge imageGibson EH-100, 1937

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Click to enlarge imageLes Paul Log, around 1940


Click to enlarge imageK&F Lap Steel with Amplifier, around 1945

Click to enlarge imageEpiphone Emperor Electric, 1948

   


Commercial Success
 

* includes audio commentary by guitarist G.E. Smith

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Click to enlarge imageSlingerland Songster, 1939


Click to enlarge imageFender Broadcaster with Amplifier, 1950


Click to enlarge imageGibson Les Paul Gold Top, 1952
Click to enlarge imageBigsby Double Neck, 1952 Click to enlarge image*Fender Stratocaster, 1954


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Click to enlarge image *Fender Precision Bass, 1955-56

Click to enlarge imageGretsch White Penguin, 1956


Click to enlarge image*Fender Jazzmaster, 1958

Click to enlarge imageFender
Mary Kaye Stratocaster, 1959

 
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Click to enlarge image*Gibson Les Paul Standard,
or Sunburst, 1959

Click to enlarge image*Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins, 1959

Click to enlarge imageGibson ES-355
with Bigsby Vibrato, 1959





 

Innovative Design
 

* includes audio commentary by guitarist G.E. Smith

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Click to enlarge image*Gibson Ultratone, around 1948


Click to enlarge image*Gibson Flying V, 1959

Click to enlarge imageGibson Explorer, 1958
Click to enlarge imageFender Lucite Duo-Sonic, 1960
Click to enlarge imageGibson Skylark, 1961
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Click to enlarge imageMosrite Strawberry Alarm Clock, 1967



Click to enlarge imageRickenbacker 331 Light Show, 1971
Click to enlarge imageGittler, around 1971



Click to enlarge imageMosrite Custom, 1980


Click to enlarge imagePrince's Yellow Cloud, 1989

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