Don’t miss the incredible new exhibit, Play It Loud, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York now through October 2019 featuring guitars and basses, amps, drums, concert posters and films, videos, and feature interviews with Rock & Roll pioneers and influencers.
The exhibit is a spectacular journey for all the senses that focuses on Rock & Roll's roots in country and blues as well as music and artists from Africa, India, Japan, and South America that have impacted popular music in all its forms. Best of all, there are a number of spectacular instruments on display by Tobias, Steinberger, and Epiphone like the Epiphone Wilshire owned by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend at the start of their career and Les Pauls "Clunker #3" built at the Epiphone factory in New York in 1940 and used by Les as he developed his multi-track recording techniques. Our own Ned Steinberger dropped by and was deeply moved (just as we are deeply proud) to see his own vintage Steinberger prototype on display. Visit the website for details and don’t miss our recent interview with Ned about the inspiration for his epic instrument and where he’s headed in the future.
"In terms of the way I think about my work, I think: why does something have to be a certain way?" Steinberger told Epiphone. "Why is tradition the way that it is? It's important to respect tradition but do we want to be bound by it, or can we learn from history? Can we understand new technologies and how they impact design? They didn't have solid body basses way back when but we do now, and we can do different things than people could do in the past. So, the headless part of it has been the driving force in my career and what has really motivated me to develop this headless concept is that I believe it's beneficial to musicians. If you're feeling good, if you're feeling comfortable, this is going to lead to better music as I see it."
Les Paul's "Klunker" was one of Les' first solid body instruments. Both the "Klunker" and the "Log" were made thanks to the generous support and encouragement of Epiphone's founder Epi Stathopoulo. "I knew him very well, we were good friends, very good friends," Les told Epiphone. "Years after when Epiphone went down, we all stood around and held hands and cried. I told Mr. Berlin at Gibson he should buy out Epiphone. Keep the name going, 'cause they always made damn fine guitars and had a real good name with players. You know I had several Epiphones that I have played over the years and I loved them."