But one guitar enthusiast is making it easier thanks to a new book which chronicles the birth and lifespan of the steel guitar.
Andre Duchossoir, author of Gibson Steel Guitars: 1935- 1937, says hes always loved Gibson steel guitars as artifacts, but admits there are plenty of inaccuracies written about the axes that make it difficult for collectors to learn more about them.
Duchossoir says one of the things he finds most fascinating about steel guitars is how they inspired design in other areas.
For instance, the candy apple red of Gibson guitars made its way onto automobiles in the 60s and 70s, while home appliances seemed to get the Gibson look in the same era as well.
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