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Like watching a child perform on stage, Joe "King of the Blueberry Hill" Edwards was a proud parent.

In this case, his baby was a gold 1957 Gibson ES-350T — one that Chuck Berry gave to Edwards years ago.

The axe is a key element to the "Play it Loud" rock 'n' roll history exhibit that opens Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"And to see that on display, actually the first thing you see when you walk in, was just incredible," said Edwards, who attended a special premiere Monday.

The display will be in NYC through Oct. 1, when it moves on to the the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Edwards noted that the guitar — which Berry used to record "Johnny B. Goode" in late 1957 — will eventually return to its display space at Blueberry Hill.

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