Music Video

Tell us about Chuck Berry's Guitar "Maybellene"

November 2016

Museum historian Kevin Strait tells us about Chuck Berry's guitar "Maybellene," which he helped to collect. It can be found in the Musical Crossroads exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
A Gibson ES-350T semi-acoustic guitar named Maybellene. The wood is light, and the tuning keys are damaged. A black and orange label with the serial number (A33643) and where the guitar was made (Kalamazoo, MI) can be seen through one of the F-holes. The case is treated canvas on wood with velvet lining.
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Donation of Charles E. Berry
Type
guitars
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