Guitars: The Museum

Guitars: The Museum

Grand Opening February 2014

"We've honestly never seen such a breathtaking collection of vintage instruments - the most astonishing guitar collection anywhere in the world." GUITARIST MAGAZINE OCT 2013

UMEA, the university town in northern Sweden which has been selected as the European Cultural Capital for 2014, is to become home to one of the world’s finest vintage guitar collections. The collection of electric guitars and basses (some of which are valued at more than a SEK 1 million a piece) includes a Gibson Les Paul Sunburst and Switchmaster, a 1950 Fender Broadcaster (similar to one previously owned by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour), a 1954 Fender Stratocaster and two Gibson Flying Vs and comprises over 500 pieces in total. It is the property and brainchild of twin brothers Samuel and Mikael Ahden who’ve both been collecting guitars for over forty years. Guitars: The Museum which is set to open in February 2014 will be housed over four floors in a modification of Vasaskolan´s premises, a building that will further comprise a live stage, a music shop, restaurant and bar.

UMEA is well known as a musical hotspot having spurned pop and rock groups like the Refused, Tove Styrke, Cult of Luna and Meshuggah as well as the successful nightclub Scharinska (which, incidentally, is to be re-housed in Vasaskolan), the Norrland Opera and the Umea Jazz Festival, one of the largest Scandinavian festivals for modern jazz. The guitar museum itself will be interactive and experience based and likely to accommodate around 30,000 visitors annually.

Anna Olofsson, marketing manager for the municipality of Umea, said:
“There is no guitar museum of this kind anywhere. Being able to show off the collection is absolutely fantastic. The guitars are important elements in a culture that is shared by so many. In a peerless fashion, they speak of contemporary history and are very much in tune with Umeå´s local music scene. Furthermore, the museum is in harmony with plans for the Scharinska rock club, a music business and other operations coming to Vasagatan."

Tourism in Umea is likely to experience a huge uplift in 2014 and Guitars -The Museum is currently in talks with some of the world’s most prominent musicians and pop-stars with a view to presentations and appearances at the venue.

You can see a short film about 'Guitars: The Museum' here

And learn more about it here: http://www.guitarsthemuseum.com

1964 Silvertone

1974 Gretsch Country Rock

© Phill Savidge 2014.