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Washington Post: National Music Museum Adds Elvis' Acoustic Guitar

April 29, 2013

Elvis fans near South Dakota can now check out a piece of rock 'n' roll history with Elvis' slightly smashed acoustic guitar on display at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota campus. According to the, Memphis-based guitarist and long-time collector Robert Johnson recently donated the guitar to the museum's collection.

“He broke the strap and at the same time he broke a string,” said Johnson to, noting Presley’s frustration. “He tosses it straight up in the air and it just comes down.”

The guitar, played by Elvis on his final tour in 1977, now greets visitors in front of the museum’s main galleries. The Martin D-35 was tossed aside by the king during a St. Petersburg, FL, concert after suffering a broken strap and string.

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