When a “60s instrument” is first brought into the museum, it’s typically accompanied by a story about its origin, its history and its use.
But on Monday, a piece of furniture that once belonged to an old-school rock guitarist is going back to the museum for the first time since 1965.
The 70-year-old guitar, known as the “Big Apple” by collectors, was donated by Jim Toth, a New York City jazz guitar enthusiast who owned the instrument for decades before it was donated to the National Museum of American History.
Toth, who was an instrumentalist with the New York Philharmonic and was one of the most prolific jazz guitarists of his generation, had the instrument in his house for years before he passed away in 2017.
But the piece of memorabilia is now being exhibited in a display at the museum that highlights the history of the instrument.
“It’s not only a guitar, it is a piece that’s very, very personal to me,” said Peter Krakoski, the museum’s associate director of exhibitions and programs.
“I’m looking forward to sharing this with the people of the country and the world.”
The piece of music, which is currently on display at The National Museum Of American History in Washington, D.C., is owned by the Toth family, who moved to New York in 1965.
It was given to Toth by his daughter, Lacey, who bought it in 1963 from her brother, Frank, a pianist.
Totts daughter, Mary Beth, said the instrument is the kind of instrument that you’re talking about when you talk about a musician’s life.
“She would play her own piano, so that’s what she played,” Mary Beth Toth said.
“It was very, quite unique, a very unique instrument.”
Mary Beth Tost, who has been with the Toths since the early 1960s, said her father had the guitar for about 20 years.
“He was a very humble, wonderful, wonderful musician,” Mary Ann Tost said.
“When he got it, it was an incredible instrument.
He had an incredible sense of humour.
He was a gentleman, he was very respectful of women.”
Mary Ann Toth says her father, Frank Toth (right), had the “big apple” in his garage in New York’s Greenwich Village.
(Photo: Courtesy of Mary Beth & Co.)
Mary Beth & co. donated the guitar to the American Museum of Natural History in 2010.
The collection includes a small, brown box with a “Big apple” inscription.
It’s now on display in a room that’s being called the “Grand Piano Room” and it’s not the first piece of musical memorabilia to be brought to the collection by a non-profit.
In 2017, a small piece of original musical instruments was donated for the American Historical Society’s exhibit “The Musical Instruments of the 60s.”
The instrument was part of a collection that included musical instruments from the early 1900s.
The museum said the musical instruments donated by the museum were part of the collection from the American Cultural Center, which was founded in 1948 and is dedicated to preserving the history and music of the American people.
“These items represent a unique opportunity to learn about the cultural heritage of New York and to share the history with others,” the museum said in a statement.
The National Museum is a division of the Smithsonian Institution and is home to many of the nation’s greatest collections of cultural and historical artifacts.