Like one of its many practitioners who just needs a place to stay between gigs, the National Guitar Museum is in need of a permanent home.
But instead of crashing on couches with mumbled excuses about cruel landlords and past-due rent money, the director of the museum, H.P. Newquist, is taking the exhibit on the road as it searches for somewhere to take root.
A former editor of Guitar magazine, Newquist has auditioned Louisville, Orlando and Pittsburgh (where it is currently part of the Carnegie Science Center), and plans for future stops in Virginia, Massachusetts, Idaho and New Jersey.
With a full collection of more than 200 guitars, the museum's traveling incarnation features 70 instruments including the first electric guitar, early precursors to the modern instrument from Persia and a 40-foot version of Gibson's iconic "Flying V" that would've made an intriguing companion to Tom Hanks' floor-length keyboard from "Big."