Former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer has donated a replica of the Gretsch guitar he used while writing and performing break-out hit Rock This Town to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The Grammy Award-winning musician handed over a copy of his signature orange axe during a ceremony on Friday (17Oct14).

Accepting the rocker's prized possession, John Edward Hasse, the museum's curator of American music, said, "Brian Setzer is a prolific and distinctive contributor to American music. Proof of his legacy exists not only in the longevity of his career and in his lengthy discography, but also in his ability to cross musical boundaries."

Setzer says, "What an honour it is to be in the Smithsonian just for playing the music that I love. Maybe in a hundred years people will look at my guitar and be inspired to play it and enjoy it the way I do."