Josh White Guitar
A Michigan man owns a Guild brand acoustic guitar that he says once belonged to legendary African-American folksinger Josh White, who is credited with introducing black folk, gospel and blues music to a world audience in the 1940s.
Our contributor met White after a concert when he was a kid, and the guitar reminds him of a confidence White had shared with him: the Guild Company was talking to White about making a signature guitar built to his specifications and to be marketed under his name.
If this is the guitar White had spoken of, it would be the first signature guitar ever created for an African American musician in the United States.
History Detectives explores the crossover appeal of Josh White’s music and his ability to win over a racially polarized music industry.
- Related Investigation Lincoln Oath Was this note penned by Abraham Lincoln?
- Related Investigation John Brown Pike How did this metal blade spark violent tension between the North and the South?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Manhattan Project Letter Did this letter help persuade President Harry S. Truman to change policy in the post war era?
- Also with Elyse Luray Chinese Opium Scale Could this really be an opium scale from the Chinese community of Montana?
- Also in Season 6 WWII Diary Does this diary hold the key to understanding the fate of a missing bomber pilot from World War II?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Car Tape Deck Is this an example of the first ever commercially produced car tape player?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.