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View highlights from Randy Bachman’s extraordinary collection of Gretsch guitars on display at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hosted by Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the American Sound and Beauty exhibition runs through July 10, 2016.

In January, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the largest exhibition of stringed instruments ever mounted within its walls. American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection comprises 75 instruments collected by guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a founding member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Bachman acquired more than 300 historic and rare Gretsch guitars in the 1970s and ’80s, and in 2008 the Gretsch Foundation purchased his collection as a way to physically document the company’s long and colorful history.

“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are incredible stewards of over two million artifacts in their own collection,” says Fred W. Gretsch, current president of Gretsch Guitars and head of the Gretsch Foundation. “When thinking about where to debut this collection, they were the obvious choice to both tell the Gretsch story and showcase these beautiful works of art to the world.”

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