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20th Century Guitar
Eviews -- On-Line Guitar Museum Unveiled

November 2000
by Larry Acunto

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he Museum of Musical Instruments has unveiled a spectacular new website for all guitar enthusiasts. The site,, traces the history of the guitar through a beautifully laid-out and easy-to-navigate site and offers just about everything for everyone. Features include a collections display, an exhibitions area, links to manufacturers complete with history and photos and much more. When the site first comes up, the viewer is greeted with one of many different front pages, all perfectly executed and very tastefully presented. Once one enters the site, a series of navigation buttons directs the viewer to different locations within the site. Clicking on the Collections link brings you to a new page broken down into several subcategories such as Rebels and Rolling Stones, From Ragtime to Riches, Getting Hip in the Roaring '20s, Roots of Music in the Jazz Era and several others. Clicking on an individual category takes you to another page loaded with guitars pertinent to the category heading. For instance, Rebels and Rolling Stones features guitars from, "ůseveral romantic pioneers and radical trendsetters who influenced cultural and musical revolutions. Breaking the constraints of traditional European art, culture, and society, rebels such as Mark Twain, Mick Jagger, and Frank Sinatra helped define the spirit of the modern age. These revolutionaries often expressed their thought-provoking sentiments accompanied by "the sounds of the guitar" with photos of important guitars from players such as Stephen Stills, Mick Jagger, and more. Clicking on one of the guitars takes you further into the site to a page which displays an enlarged view of the instrument as well as some history behind the guitar. One of the nicest features here is (and anywhere in the site where a full view of the guitar is shown), as you roll the mouse over various parts of the guitar, an inset picture changes to produce a close-up of that area (roll the mouse over the headstock and get a close-up, roll the mouse over the bridge and get a close-up, etc.). And this is just a tip of the iceberg. It will surely take several visits to the site to see everything. According to Hank Risan, Chairman of the Board of The MoMI, "This is really just the beginning. While the site now has over 500 pages, we have plans to add much more. This will be a 'living' website that will be constantly updated." Plans are also in the works for a bricks and mortar museum to be erected in Beverly Hills, California. End

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