From our Department of A Picture Really is Worth 1000 Words, But I'll Keep It Somewhat Briefer:
From sometime in the 1930s, here's a truly amazing photo of none other than James Cagney playing -- and I'd say with a pretty fair degree of skill from the look of it -- a gorgeous Martin C-2 guitar.
What I wouldn't give to know what kind of music he was essaying here. Country music a la Jimmie Rogers? Some of kind of blues or folk, in a Woody Guthrie-esque vein?
And before you scoff, that kind of cultural assimilationism isn't particularly far-fetched. In fact, in one of his early pre-Code films (where he was playing a cab driver, if memory serves) Cagney -- who grew up on New York's Lower East Side -- can be heard speaking highly credible and fluent Yiddish. Go figure.
[h/t Buddy Zech]