Experts have agreed that the Gage Brewer Guitar “may well be the most historically important guitar ever made… it is the first modern electric guitar.” The instrument is a 1932 Ro-Pat-In (Rickenbacker) electric Spanish guitar. This remarkable instrument made its world-wide public debut 81 years ago after being brought to Wichita from Los Angeles by guitarist and band leader Gage Brewer.
The “Brewer Guitar” returned to Wichita recently from Indianapolis’ Eiteljorg Museum’s exhibit “Guitars – Roundups to Rockers” and will be on exhibit beginning November 15th through the end of the year. Negotiations are underway to add this important artifact to the Museum’s permanent collection.
The Guitar is featured in the “Spirit of Wichita Exhibit” on the Museum’s 4th floor along with other artifacts that tell the local history story in the period spanning 1912 – 1939.
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Children under 6 and Museum members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit our website at www.wichitahistory.org