Wichita celebrates the 80th anniversary of the electric guitar with a special exhibit running through November 11th. Did you know the earliest documented performance of the electric guitar was in Wichita? Local guitarist and orchestra leader Gage Brewer introduced it with great fanfare in a series of concerts during October of 1932.
Our eGuitar@80 exhibit presents the stories behind Wichita’s role in the electric guitar development. We explore the origins of the instrument as well as its history over the last 80 years. Borrowing from ten collections, the exhibit includes 45 exceptional instruments, including what experts have recently agreed “may well be the most historically important guitar ever made . . . the first modern electric guitar.”