Welcome to the Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum (DAM). The museum is located in the beautiful town of Dalfsen in the center of the Netherlands. It shows a collection of American jazz guitars out of the so called Golden Era. Admission to this “Epicurians delight” (quote John Breslin) is free, if you bring your love for archtops with you.
Short video of the museum (courtesy Frans Elferink)
The Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum is a museum and a project at the same time. It is a genuine museum since there are real authentic instruments on display and it is a project because its website is an on going process in publishing information about historic acoustic archtops.
HISTORIC EPIPHONE ARCHTOP COLLECTION
The main event of the museum is the Historic Epiphone Archtop Collection. The collection provides a complete overview of all the six-string acoustic archtop models Epiphone produced from 1931 until 1957 when the Epiphone Company was taken over by Gibson-CMI. see acquisition
The museum’s aim is to continue the work of Jim Fisch and L.B. Fred regarding the information on the six string Epiphone acoustic archtops from 1931 until 1957. For more info about historic Epiphone instruments in general, see : Felix Wiedler
Aside from the historic Epiphone collection, the museum displays some other archtop guitars from the same time period.