A beautiful September Friday the 13th in NYC, and no better way to spend the day than to look at amazing rock ‘n’ roll, country, and blues instruments at the Play It Loud exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum!
Here are photos I took of Jeff Beck’s Esquire, Rick Neilsen’s five-neck Hamer, Muddy Waters’ Tele, Keith Richards’ LP Custom, Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstein”, an early Bigsby, Chuck Berry’s ES-350T, Buddy Holly’s leather-clad Martin, and Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Strat, for starters…and this was just scratching the surface.
The exhibition was beautifully presented and annotated, with several of the guitars in plexiglass boxes so that they could be viewed from every angle. The guitar geek in me loves the details: finish wear, setup details, modifications, and so on. Not to mention thinking of the amazing music that was played on these instruments. There are drums, basses, keyboards, a few horns, even some stage costumes as well. I had a blast!