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Once owned and played by Les Paul himself, (Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Once owned and played by Les Paul himself, this Gibson guitar found its way into The American Guitar Museum and into the hands of the museum's executive director Chris Ambadjes. An engraved note on the back of the headstock reads, "To Chris Keep on pickin'. Les Paul." (Jan. 19, 2011)

The American Guitar Museum

Forget Guitar Hero. At The American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park, the stars are the guitars and their makers.

Founder and executive director of The American Guitar
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Founder and executive director of The American Guitar Museum Chris Ambadjes. The museum website says it has been open since 1992. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Chris Ambadjes, founder of The American Guitar Museum
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Chris Ambadjes, founder of The American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park performs an impromptu show with the help of one of his favorite guitars, the 1922 Gibson Style O Artist. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Once owned and played by Les Paul himself,
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Once owned and played by Les Paul himself, this Gibson guitar found its way into The American Guitar Museum and into the hands of the museum's executive director Chris Ambadjes. An engraved note on the back of the headstock reads, "To Chris Keep on pickin'. Les Paul." (Jan. 19, 2011)

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Originally a farmhouse, The American Guitar Museum in
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Originally a farmhouse, The American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park was opened in 1992 by Chris Ambadjes. It is located along New Hyde Park Road and doesn't charge for admission. The museum is also a guitar restoration clinic, a music school and a shop. (Jan. 19, 2011)

The American Guitar Museum is has not only
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

The American Guitar Museum is has not only real guitars, but also lots of guitar paraphernalia and unique detailing, such as guitar shaped railing posts and traffic signs with guitar players. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Stair posts with guitar shapes are part of
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Stair posts with guitar shapes are part of the atmosphere in The American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park. (Jan. 19, 2011)

A large decoration fashioned to look like an
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

A large decoration fashioned to look like an enormous Les Paul guitar takes up most of the museum's display area. The cross-braced ceiling in the display room is also fashioned after the inside design of the D'Angelico guitar. (Jan. 19, 2011)

The triangular balalaika has three strings and is
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

The triangular balalaika has three strings and is used in traditional Russian music. It hangs on the wall of the American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park along side other versions of guitars. (Jan. 19, 2011)

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A Peruvian version of a guitar, a charango,
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

A Peruvian version of a guitar, a charango, is also on display at The American Guitar Museum in New Hyde Park. The instrument is traditionally made with the shell of an armadillo. (Jan. 19, 2011)

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