The Guitar as Icon
This chapter focuses on the development of the guitar as an iconic musical instrument. It explains that while the banjo, mandolin, and guitar (BMG) leadership wanted to depict their instruments as cultivated, the poems and stories in their magazines more often celebrated the immediate emotional and romantic rewards of the guitar. The chapter also suggests that the guitar will continue to play an iconic role based on both ancient themes and new definitions assigned to it by new generations of players and listeners because of its traditional shape and uses that tie it so closely to the human body and the human heart.
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