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Walking through music history

Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash, Jimmi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen are just some of the names that have made it up from Nashville with the Musician's Hall of Fame, but what makes this exhibit unique are the names you haven't heard.

"If you're a Jimmi Hendrix fan and one day you found out it wasn't Hendrix on the record, well then if it wasn't Hendrix than who was it?" asks Joe Chambers, founder of the Musician's Hall of Fame.

You can see the exact instruments and artifacts used to make some of music's most famous records. Like a guitar played on Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." The first machine Elvis Presley ever recorded on and the most popular: a guitar played by Jimmi Hendrix on "Purple Haze."

"Young kids are discovering him. They're just as freaked out to see a Hendrix guitar as someone my age or older that grew up with him," says Chambers.

For a $20 donation you can play a few cords yourself.

"It's kind of been a dream of mine forever so, I don't really know what to say. I just got to play one of Jimmi Hendrix's guitars. It was great," says David Smith of Connecticut.

Taking the artifacts out of their cases isn't something the Musician's Hall of Fame lets everyone do. Back in May 2010, some of the instruments were damaged in the Nashville floods. The Hendrix guitar was under water for three days. The donations go towards keeping the instruments in good condition. Rock fans say it's worth every penny.

"Any musician will tell you an instrument carries a musician's soul. So in a way I'll tell you it felt like I talked to or touched Jimmi Hendrix a little bit," says Chambers.

For some it's a once in a lifetime opportunity that's impossible for any music fan to take for granted.

"To actually see the instruments these guys used on these records... they knock me down," says Smith.

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