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Smithsonian Institution Collections

Garth Brooks' Takamine Guitar

  • Garth Brooks' Takamine Guitar
  • Garth Brooks' Takamine Guitar
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
This guitar was made by Takamine Gakki Ltd. in Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan in 1990. Takamine began as a small family company in the early 1960s. Artisan and master luthier, Mass Hirade joined the company in 1968 to help Takamine improve the overall quality of their guitars. Hirade strengthened the business and in 1975 partnered with the U.S. based company, Kaman Music Corporation, to begin exporting Takamine guitars internationally.
This guitar, serial #90031116, was used by American country musician Garth Brooks for his first NBC-TV special, “This Is Garth Brooks,” at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas in 1991. During the taping of the program, Brooks and fellow musician Ty England smashed two guitars together on stage. Brooks’ guitar was reassembled and donated to the Smithsonian in 2007.
Location
Currently not on view
Used By
Brooks, Troyal Garth
Date Made
1990
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
pearl (overall material)
catgut (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 41 in x 15 7/8 in x 4 3/8 in; 104.14 cm x 40.3225 cm x 11.1125 cm
Object Type
guitar