Geeking Out on Guitars in Seattle, Washington
The Experience Music Project is a guitar geek’s dream. Upon entry, Timpin’s mesmerizing IF VI WAS IX: Roots and Branches sculpture towers overhead. The 35-foot musical colossus is made up of almost 700 instruments (mostly guitars) that actually create music using several programmed robotic guitars. Next, stroll through Stratocasters and beyond in the guitar gallery, featuring 50 rare electric and acoustic guitars from 1770 to present. Around the corner, find a room dedicated entirely to Seattle’s rock legend and guitar god, Jimi Hendrix. See some of his vintage guitars—both intact and broken—from his famed guitar crushing sets, or visit a listening station chronicling his innovative signature sound. Upstairs, enter the sound lab, where you can play electric guitar, drums, keyboards, and more using the interactive tutorial—or even record your own CD in the private studio.