Guitars Displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Guitar Gallery

OPENED: September 29, 2017

CLOSED: January 21, 2019




A stringed musical instrument, with a fretted fingerboard, typically incurved sides, and six or twelve strings, played by plucking or strumming with the fingers or a plectrum.


Early 17th century: from Spanish guitarra (partly via French), from Greek kithara, denoting an instrument similar to the lyre.

From the distorted, dominant guitar of Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88” to Geddy Lee’s rhythmic, smoothly distorted bassline on Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” and the quiet power of Eric Clapton’s stripped-down acoustic playing on his landmark MTV Unplugged session, the guitar is at the heart of countless rock anthems, head-bangers and ballads. Displayed here is a selection of instruments, each as unique as the musician that wielded it.

12 unique instruments from iconic artists on display on level 2.

guitars included in the gallery*

  • Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead Electric Guitar, ”Rosebud”
  • Geddy Lee of Rush Bass Guitar, Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass
  • Garry Tallent of the E Street Band Bass Guitar, 1986 Guild Pilot
  • Bobby Womack Acoustic Guitar, ESP Acoustic, c. 1970
  • Link Wray Electric Guitar, Fender Stratocaster, c. 2000
  • Rick Danko of the Band Bass Guitar, Guitar Workshop, c. 1995
  • Kim Deal of the Pixies Bass Guitar, c. 1989, Aria
  • Mike Rutherford Electric Guitar/Bass, 1973 Rickenbacker Double-Neck Custom
  • Muddy Waters Acoustic Guitar
  • Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick Bass Guitar
  • Tegan Quin Acoustic Guitar
  • Ani DiFranco Acoustic Guitar, c. 1992

*Items on exhibit are subject to change.

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