The History of the Les Paul
Let music history unfold before your eyes through our Green Room display of the iconic partnership between Gibson and Les Paul. Les’ musical popularity in the early 50’s matched well with the evolving guitar manufacturer and they were set for success. This exhibit showcases the history of the instruments, photos, memorabilia, and more.
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“I’m proud to introduce you to the brand-new Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The guitars in this collection are some of the finest in the world and were crafted during a century of musical, social and political advances that shape how we live today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and thank you for visiting.”
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A Collection of Timeless Guitars
Welcome to Songbirds, a music-oriented, pop culture experience for the whole family. Explore our collection of rare, vintage guitars like no other on Earth. Experience American history in a new and unique environment through the Songbirds Guitars extensive anthology of permanent and revolving exhibits on the campus of the world-famous Chattanooga Choo Choo.
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The Songbirds Foundation shares the transformative experience of music with the Chattanooga area by delivering educational programming, preserving music history, hosting enriching events, and providing concrete resources to emerging artists.
Last year, about 110 kids between the ages of 12-17 benefited from the program, and this year 425 students will join the program through a new partnership within the school system. The teachers are paid for their time, but there is no cost to the students.
TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME WITH US. TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICA. WHEN LIFE WAS A LITTLE LESS COMPLICATED. WHERE QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP WERE PARAMOUNT. SONGBIRDS GUITAR MUSEUM IS WAITING FOR YOU HERE.
Songbirds Guitar Museum brings our collection to life through a series of audio and visual components. These fretted instruments each have a story to tell, and during your time at Songbirds, you will see the historical significance and the relevance of the guitar unfold. Guitars are grouped by brand, time frame, and linear progression. Acoustic, electric, jazz, bass, mandolin, banjo and mandocello models — their stories are here for you. Songbirds Guitar Museum is historically accurate, educational and fun for both guitar enthusiasts and those new to the world of fretted instruments.