Rock Hall unveils guitar gallery featuring Clapton, Lennon & more

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has opened its new exhibit featuring guitars from some of the biggest names in music history.

The new guitar gallery lives on the museum’s second floor in the former location of the Johnny Cash Music Masters exhibit.

As you walk around and look at the instruments, you can hear various guitar sounds, like Link Wray’s unmistakable riffs from “Rumble,” playing from a TV screen.

Here are all the artists featured:

  • Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead
  • Geddy Lee of Rush
  • Garry Tallent of the E Street Band
  • Bobby Womack
  • Eric Clapton
  • John Lennon
  • Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
  • Link Wray
  • Rick Danko of the Band
  • Ryan Adams
  • 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

Among the highlights are the neck from his 1972 Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass that Geddy Lee used to record “Tom Sawyer” and John Lennon’s 1965 Epiphone Casino from the Beatles’ “Revolver” era.

Guitars from Armstrong and Gordon show just how active their respective bands were during their primes, featuring a tremendous amount of wear and tear from live shows.

There are acoustic guitars as well, from the likes of Bobby Womack and Eric Clapton. The latter’s guitar was 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.

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