TheMoMI.org -- Museum of Musical Instruments

This collection of 1940s blonde archtops commemorates the swing era when the acoustic guitar was used mainly as a rhythm instrument. Featured guitars include a 1939 Gibson Super 400, 1945 Gretsch Synchromatic 400, 1947 Stromberg Master 400, 1939 D'Angelico New Yorker, 1945 Epiphone Emperor, and 1940 Martin F-5. These instruments are a unique and definitive representation of the best archtop guitars that the major American guitar manufacturers offered professional players in the 1940s.









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