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Photo Caption: West Coast Premiere of GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World! This December 20th, the Fleet Will ROCK You!

GUITAR Has It All: Music. Technology. Science. Video. History. Pop culture. Games. Entertainment. A Concert Series!

November 04, 2013


Visitors with the biggest guitar in the world

Visitors with the biggest guitar in the world
Fender Stratocaster

Fender Stratocaster
Kids in the GUITAR exhibit

Kids in the GUITAR exhibit
See-Through Guitar

See-Through Guitar
Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo



San Diego, CA—September 24, 2013—Take a journey through a motley crew of legendary guitars in our latest exhibition as GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World makes its West Coast premiere at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Friday, December 20, 2013. This touring exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum—the first museum in the world dedicated to the history, evolution and cultural impact of the guitar—will remain at the Fleet through April 6, 2014.


Explore the history of the world’s most recognized musical instrument. Experience diverse genres of music and discover the science of pitch and tone. Crossing over cultural boundaries, the guitar has made a significant impact on a wide variety of groups, from gypsies to cowboys to teenage rebels. Trace the evolution of the guitar—from lutes and ouds to modern high-tech instruments—and see how the instrument became the cultural icon it is today. Highlights include displays of the guitar’s role as an agent of personal freedom, social change and expression, and the instrument’s importance to music ranging from the protest movement to punk rock.


“Not a fan of rock and roll? Don’t fret, GUITAR celebrates all music—from classical to heavy metal,” says Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Executive Director Dr. Steve Snyder.


See more than 60 guitars and nearly 100 historical artifacts that immerse you in the heart of music. Experience the rush of the world’s most recognized musical instrument through the powerful lens of science. You, too, can play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5 foot-long guitar. Discover how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music.


“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” says The National Guitar Museum Executive Director and founder H.P. Newquist. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks and sports cars.” Adds Newquist, “It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the guitar, whether as players or as fans of music ranging from country and folk to jazz and rock. And it may be apocryphal, but it’s said that the two most recognizable man-made shapes on the planet are the Coke bottle and the electric guitar.”


This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past 400 years to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. Visitors will experience the science, sound, history and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition whose instruments range from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative—along with hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, performance video, audio, stunning images and photographs.


GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World is an exciting and engaging experience that gives visitors the chance to interact with the guitar not only from the perspective of its history, evolution and design but also through the music it has created and the technology that continues to enhance it.


The exhibition is the official touring presence of The National GUITAR Museum itself. “Most people are amazed that there is no museum anywhere dedicated solely to the guitar and its history,” says Newquist. “While there are several galleries and private collections in the U.S., there is nothing that explores all aspects of the guitar from its evolution over the course of centuries to its current cultural impact—which includes being the inspiration for the best-selling videogames ever. The National GUITAR Museum changes all that.”


GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World has its West Coast premiere at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Friday, December 20, 2013, and will reverberate through the Fleet through April 6, 2014. The exhibition should be available for pre-arranged media demonstrations mid-month, with an invitation-only VIP Media event scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2013. We will also be announcing a concert series in conjunction with the exhibition later in the year, to feature local and renowned musicians.


The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Gallery admission, which includes access to all eight exhibit galleries: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11. The Fleet’s hours are Monday–Thursday: 10AM–5PM, Friday–Sunday: 10AM–6PM. For more information, call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at http://www.rhfleet.org/exhibitions/guitar.

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Celebrate the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th Anniversary Year!

Forty years ago, a spark ignited our imaginations! March 9, 2013, kicked off a year-long celebration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to our San Diego community. In 1973, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center opened its doors and brought interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, the Fleet inspires minds and connects individuals to science and technology through more than 100 “do touch” exhibits for all ages and amazing IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Enjoy our year-long celebration, featuring a blockbuster exhibition, incredible events and dynamic educational experiences.


About The National GUITAR Museum

The National GUITAR Museum, LLC is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the history, evolution and cultural impact of the guitar. The NGM has assembled a world-class team of guitarists, executives, technology experts, designers and production staff to develop one of the most innovative experiences ever presented. Its touring exhibition, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World will travel to 15–20 cities over the next five years before becoming the basis of The National Guitar Museum in its permanent home. The Museum will utilize advanced technology to create an environment that is engaging, entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages.


The Museum’s board is composed of individuals drawn from the music, technology, event and museum communities. Current advisors include guitar greats Steve Vai, Johnny Winter, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Liona Boyd, Pete Huttlinger and Pat Kirtley. The Executive Director of the Museum is H.P. Newquist. To learn more about the NGM, visit us online at: nationalguitarmuseum.com and facebook.com/guitarmuseum. For more information, contact The National GUITAR Museum at director@nationalguitarmuseum.com or 917-208-4333.


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Photo Captions for GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World


{Old World New World} An older style guitar side-by-side with a newer Fender style


{Kids and Giant Guitar} Two young boys play with the strings of the world’s largest playable guitar


{FenderStratocaster Copy} A copy of the famous Fender Stratocaster


{Frying Pan Closeup 2} The Frying Pan by Rickenbacher is one of the oldest known electric guitars.


{Giant V Pittsburg Kids Copy} Children explore and play on the world’s largest playable guitar.


{Silvertone Sears Copy} A copy of the iconic Silvertone Sears guitar


{Strobe Guitar Interactive} A visitor explores the features of the Strobe Guitar Interactive exhibit


{Rickenbacker Lapsteal} An authentic Rickenbacker Lapsteel guitar


{See-Through Guitar} The inner workings of a guitar can be seen with this transparent instrument.


{Visitors} Guests are fascinated by the world’s largest playable guitar.



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.