We went to the Play It Loud exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a couple of days ago. Overall, it’s an incredible collection of gear. Highly recommended. Highlights (for me) included: Chuck Berry’s ES-350T John Lennon’s Rickenbacker Eric Clapton’s Brownie Strat Eric’s The Fool SG Prince’s Telecaster Sprngsteen’s Telecaster Joe Strummer’s Telecaster Muddy Waters’ Telecaster Pete Townsend’s P90 SG Jimmy Page’s #1 Les Paul Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein Strat Other instruments from the Everlys, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth, George Harrison, Tom Morello, John Entwistle, Angus Young, Jimi, Elvis, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards (but not Macawber-still on tour), Neil Young, Dylan, Kooning Mitchell, Don Felder, McCartney, Joan Jett, Steve Miller (a LOT), etc. It also featured several good videos from Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen and Tom Morello about how they got into music and what playing guitar means to them. And literally dozens of other iconic instruments. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime collection. That being said, I was a little surprised/disappointed that I didn’t see B.B. King’s Lucille, Brian May’s Red Guitar, any David Gilmour guitars, any Billy Gibbons guitars (would have loved to see one of the fuzzy guitars from Eliminator), any Rickenbacker bass (hello, Chris Squire!), Steve Cropper’s Telecaster, Ry Cooder’s Coodercaster. Oh well. I asked a docent about how instruments were chosen, and evidently there was a lot of negotiation tha took place. Of course, lots of musicians (like Keith)are touring and don’t want their gear unavailable for the duration of the exhibit. And others perhaps don’t want to take a chance. That’s reasonable, I guess. Given all of that, I think this may be the single biggest collection of “important” instruments I’m likely to see in my lifetime. Again, well worth the effort, if you are able to see it. They tell me the exhibit will be in New York until October 1 and then at the Rock and a Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland from November 20 through September 2020. Enjoy!