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   From the 1930s onward, the guitar evolved from a small parlor curiosity for genteel souls to a powerful talisman that became the voice of the Woodstock generation, transforming into a transcendental medium through which many musical styles flourished. By tracing the guitar's development through its Golden Age (1930-1965) in context with movements in industrial design and art, one can see how the entirely new genres of music that developed simultaneously defined the spirit of individuality and greatness that blossomed during the 20th century.

1928 Washburn
Model 5038


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1929
Nick Lucas
Prototype


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1930 Martin
000-45


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1930 Martin
OM-45 Deluxe


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mid 1930s
Stella 12-string


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1933
Gibson L-5
used by Les Paul


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1933
Selmer
Hawaiian model


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1934 Epiphone
Emperor


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1934
D'Angelico Excel
owned by Eric Clapton


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1934 Gibson
Advanced L-5
Prototype


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1936 Gibson
Super 400


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1936 Gibson
Super 400
Flat-Top


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1936
Prairie State


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1936 Regal Commemorative
Charles Lindbergh Model


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1936 Washburn
Style 5246
Flat-Top


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1936
Regal Custom
owned by Lulu Belle


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1937
Euphonon


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1937
Gibson SJ-200


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1939 Prairie State
"Big Boy"
owned by
William L. Piel


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1939 Gibson
Super 400


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1939
Levin Soloist


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1940
Gibson J-35


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1940
Gibson J-100


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1940
Martin F-5


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1940
Gibson ES-300s


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1940
Martin F-2


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1942
Martin F-9


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1944 Gretsch
Synchromatic 400


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1947 Stromberg
Master 400


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1947 and 1957
Gibson SJ-200s


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1950 Stromberg
Master 400
owned by Barry Galbraith


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1950
Epiphone Emperor


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c.1950 Stromberg
Master 400s


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1955 Gibson
Super 400CN
owned by Brian Setzer


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1955
D'Angelico New Yorker Special
and New Yorker Cutaway


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1953 D'Angelico Excel,
1955 Special
and 1959 New Yorker


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