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American Guitar Museum

1810 New Hyde Park Rd. New Hyde Park, NY 516-488-5000

Founder and executive director of The American Guitar

(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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Type: Museum, Specialized or Other Price: Free Description:

Forget "Guitar Hero." Here, stars are the guitars and their makers. "Serious guitar players and serious collectors will enjoy coming here," says owner Chris Ambadjes, who counts the late guitar maker and electric guitar legend Les Paul among his personal friends. "We're not like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." With more than 200 guitars displayed on any given day, you'll get an understanding of the instrument, the innovations and the pioneers of the industry.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thur.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat,, open by reservation for group tours Sun.-Mon. Call to confirm.

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