The Guitar and a Changing Nation

Presented by The National GUITAR Museum

February 10 – May 11, 2024

For anyone who feels the power of music to soothe, challenge, and unite, this exhibition is a must-see. For those interested in Mississippi’s history and Meridian’s rich musical heritage, it will be a revelation. For guitarists, it offers up-close looks at historic rarities and recent experiments.

See how Mississippi shaped American Music, 6 strings at a time.

Book your field trip today and download our study guide here.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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Instruments Featured

  • Vihuela
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele
  • Spanish guitar
  • Martin parlor guitar
  • Gibson L-1 guitar
  • Gibson harp guitar
  • Benedetto archtop
  • Martin D-28 guitar
  • Gibson J-200 guitar
  • National Reso-Phonic resonator guitar
  • Guild 12-string guitar
  • Rickenbacker A-22 lap steel guitar
  • Fender Precision Bass guitar
  • Fender Telecaster guitar
  • Fender Stratocaster guitar
  • Gibson Les Paul guitar
  • Gibson Flying V guitar
  • Gretsch White Falcon guitar
  • Gibson SG guitar
  • Gibson ES-355 “Lucille” guitar
  • Sears (Emenee) Wing-ding guitar
  • Rostov-na-Donu Stella guitar
  • Dan Armstrong acrylic guitar
  • Ovation roundback acoustic guitar
  • Aluminum guitar
  • Ibanez JEM guitar
  • Steinberger headless guitar
  • B.C. Rich guitar
  • Guitorgan
  • Roland G-707 synth guitar
  • Ztar MIDI controller
  • Air Guitar
  • Guitar Hero/Rock Band controller
  • Visionary Instruments Tele-Vision guitar
  • Cochran Boostercaster guitar
  • Mercury Lab Rezentine resonator guitar
  • Frankenstrat guitar
  • Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent guitar

Check out The MAX’s permanent displays to see additional guitars played by Mississippi musicians:

  • Bo Diddley’s rectangular red Gretsch G6138
  • Charley Pride’s Airline Harmony acoustic parlor guitar
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Martin Little Marlin
  • B.B. King’s “Lucille” Gibson ES-355
  • John Lee Hooker’s wine red Gibson SJ-200
  • Muddy Waters’ Gretsch Synchromatic.

Visit The MAX’s centerpiece Hall of Fame rotunda to learn more about some guitar-playing greats: Diddley, Pride, Buffett, King, Hooker, Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Marty Stuart, Jimmie Rodgers, and, of course, Elvis Presley.

Perfect for school field trips and special group rates are available for 10 or more people.


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