Lap steel guitar (Ultratone model)

about 1949
Gibson, Inc. (American)


Object Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Dimensions

Length 83 cm, width 20.5 cm, depth 4.7 cm (Length 32 11/16 in., width 8 1/16 in., depth 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2001.239

Medium or Technique

Maple, plastic, steel

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Body, neck, and headstock constructed from one piece of maple painted cream white. Access panel on back of hardboard painted black. Tuning machines of nickel silver with knobs of coral-colored plastic. Fingerboard of lucite, back-painted silver, with gold and coral colored dot fret markers. Twenty-nine frets. Hinged covers of plastic over pickup (coral colored) and peghead (silver and white). Cylindrical volume and tone knobs of clear plastic with gold-colored cores. Original hard-shell case.

Inscription

Inscribed on cover plates: Gibson [and] ULTRATONE

Provenance

About 1990, sold by Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, Tennessee, to Walter Carter, Nashville, Tennessee; 2001, sold by Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2001)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Gibson Guitar Corporation