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  • Archlute (theorbo)

    17th or 18th century with later alterations

    Description

    Back comprised of eleven ribs of yew with capping strip. Belly of fine-grain spruce with tri-partite carved rose in geometric pattern. Neck and pegboxes (all later) of ebonized wood, inlaid with strips of cypress. Fingerboard of ebony, edged with ivory and outlined with thin strips of cypress; nine tied-on frets of gut. Tuning pegs and bridge (all later) of ebonized wood. Nuts of ivory (diapason modern). Twenty strings: seven pairs on fingerboard and six diapasons. Dark reddish-brown varnish on back. Internal construction: Seven lateral braces on belly.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 135.5 cm, width 34.2 cm, depth 14.2 cm (Length 53 3/8 in., width 13 7/16 in., depth 5 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Yew, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1764

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  • Lute

    1699

    Andreas Berr, Austrian, 1656–1722 Austrian

    Description

    Back comprised of eleven ribs of ivory, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Strips of ebony along upper edges. Belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose in geometric pattern. Neck and fingerboard of ebony. Pegbox of ebonized wood, veneered on front and back with ebony; back decorated with incised openwork panel of ivory in acanthus leaf pattern. Arm (later) for diapason strings and bridge of ebonized wood. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Nine tied-on frets of gut and three (later) frets of wood. Nuts of ivory (main nut later). Twenty-four strings: two single chanterelles and nine pairs on fingerboard, and two pairs of diapasons. Internal construction: Seven lateral braces on belly (two above soundhole and one across soundhole) and one short, angled brace near lower end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 81 cm, width 28.3 cm, depth 13.5 cm (Length 31 7/8 in., width 11 1/8 in., depth 5 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ivory, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1986.7

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    Europe , Musical Instruments

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  • Lute (pastiche, after 17th-century Italian type)

    late 19th century

    Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini, Italian, 1844–1920 Italian

    Description

    Back comprised of twenty-three ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide side pieces. Four-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood. Crude separate rose of parchment in geometrical pattern. Neck of hardwood veneered with ebony and ivory in herringbone pattern. Pegbox of ebonized wood. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony inlaid with decorative oval of ivory flanked by classical figures. Nine tied-on frets of gut. Nut of ivory. Bridge (modern) of ebonized beech with cap of ivory. Fourteen strings in seven pairs. Amber-brown varnish on back.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 65.5 cm, width 29.2 cm, depth 14.4 cm (Length 25 13/16 in., width 11 1/2 in., depth 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1763

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    Europe , Musical Instruments

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  • Chitarrone (after 17th-century Italian type)

    late 19th century

    Possibly by Leopoldo Franciolini, Italian, 1844–1920 Italian

    Description

    Back comprised of twenty-nine ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide sides pieces. Four-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood, with carved medallion of pearl inlaid at lower end. Soundhole encircled with discs of pearl with garnets at centers, set in black mastic. Separate rose of parchment in geometric pattern. Neck and pegboxes of ebonized wood, inlaid with strips of ivory. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood with buttons and inlaid discs of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony inlaid with grotesques and medallions of ivory. Eight tied-on frets of gut. Nuts of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood. Eighteen strings: one single and five pairs on fingerboard, and seven diapasons. Reddish-brown varnish on back.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 194 cm, width 40.9 cm, depth 15.8 cm (Length 76 3/8 in., width 16 1/8 in., depth 6 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, pine, ebony, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1765

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    Europe , Musical Instruments

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  • Mandolino

    1724

    Benedetto Gualzatta, Italian, about 1688–after 1729 Italian

    Description

    Back comprised of thirteen ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ivory, with capping strip. Belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose (substantially repaired) in geometrical pattern. Edges bound with ivory. Neck and pegbox of maple, terminating in square finial veneered with pearl engraved with geometrical designs. Tuning pegs (some modern) of rosewood with collars and buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of pearl (replaced) engraved with foliate designs, and bound with ivory. Diamonds of pearl set in black mastic along edges of fingerboard and pegbox. Nut and eight frets (modern) of ivory. Bridge of maple (?) with cap of ivory, pearl, and black mastic. Iron ring screwed into bass side of belly for player's strap. Twelve strings in six pairs. Dark-brown varnish on body, neck, and pegbox. Internal construction: Five lateral braces on belly (two above soundhole and one crossing soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.5 cm, width 14.4 cm, depth 8.5 cm (Length 21 7/8 in., width 5 11/16 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, mother-of-pearl, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1992.1

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    Europe , Musical Instruments

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  • Mandoline

    1771

    Vincenzo Vinaccia, active 1769–1785

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.5 cm, width 17.8 cm, depth 14.2 cm (Length 22 5/8 in., width 7 in., depth 5 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory, tortoiseshell

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2006.1224

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  • Mandoline

    1790

    Giovanni Battista Fabricatore, Italian, active 1780–1811

    Description

    Back comprised of twenty-seven ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide sides pieces. Belly of medium-grain spruce edged with purfling and binding of ivory (missing). Belly inlaid at upper and lower ends with pearl in foliate designs set in red mastic. Wing-shaped pickguard of tortoiseshell. Soundhole edged with purfling and binding of pearl. Neck and headstock of hardwood veneered with tortoiseshell and strips of purfling. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard and face of headstock veneered with tortoiseshell and pearl; seventeen frets of brass. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebony. Four pegs of ivory at lower end of body for fastening strings. Eight strings in four pairs. Dark brown varnish on back and neck. Internal construction: two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.5 cm, width 17.8 cm, depth 14.2 cm (Length 22 5/8 in., width 7 in., depth 5 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1758

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  • Mandolin

    19th century

    Description

    Back comprised of eleven ribs of alternating maple and rosewood, with rosewood capping strip. Belly of fine-grain spruce with striped binding of ebony and ivory along edges and encircling soundhole. Purfling and gold stenciled foliate designs around soundhole. Neck and pegbox of mahogany terminating in head carved with flower and leaves. Tuning pegs of rosewood. Fingerboard of ebony with twenty frets of nickel silver. Nut of ebony. Bridge of ebonized wood. Six single strings. Internal construction: At least four lateral braces on belly.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.2 cm, width 20.8 cm, depth 10.5 cm (Length 22 1/2 in., width 8 3/16 in., depth 4 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, rosewood, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1759

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  • Mandolino

    late 19th century

    Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini, Italian, 1844–1920 Italian

    Description

    Back comprised of fifteen ribs of maple with capping strip. Two-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood with separate carved rose of wood in quatrefoil pattern with eight-petal flower at center. Neck and pegbox of ebonized wood, terminating in square finial decorated with bone set in black mastic. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood. Fingerboard of walnut with binding of bone; six tied-on frets of gut and one fret of wood. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebonized beech with cap of ivory. Twelve strings in six pairs. Reddish-brown varnish on back.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58 cm, width 17.5 cm, depth 8.5 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 6 7/8 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1762

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  • Mandolino

    late 19th century

    Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini, Italian, 1844–1920 Italian

    Description

    Back comprised of eleven ribs of ebony, each separated by strips of ivory, with capping strip. Wide side pieces. One-piece belly of wide-grain softwood. Belly and soundhole edged with triangles of bone and black mastic. Crudely-carved separate rose of wood in foliate pattern, backed by black paper. Neck and pegbox of ebonized wood inlaid with strips of ivory, terminating in square finial with carved grotesque mask of ebonized wood. Back of pegbox inlaid with plaque of ivory engraved with foliate designs. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood with inlaid discs and buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of bone, engraved with village scene. Nut and nine frets of ebony. Bridge of ebonized wood with cap of ivory. Ten strings in five pairs.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 53.7 cm, width 14.8 cm, depth 8.4 cm (Length 21 1/8 in., width 5 13/16 in., depth 3 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ebony, spruce, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1761

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  • Mandola

    early 19th century

    Description

    Back comprised of seventeen ribs of maple, each separated by strips of dark brown wood, with capping strip. Belly of medium-grain softwood. Soundhole encircled with flowers of pearl set in red mastic. Separate carved rose of wood in geometrical pattern. Belly inlaid at upper and lower ends with pearl in floral designs. Trapezoidal pickguard of tortoiseshell, edged with ebony and ivory. Neck of hardwood inlaid with strips of ebony and ivory. Pegbox of walnut (?), terminating in square finial veneered with triangles of ebony and pearl. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood. Fingerboard veneered with strips of ebony and ivory; seven frets of brass and six of wood. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood with cap of ivory. Six pegs of ivory at lower end of body for fastening strings. Twelve strings in six pairs.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 76.5 cm, width 28 cm, depth 15.1 cm (Length 30 1/8 in., width 11 in., depth 5 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1760

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  • Mandoline

    early 20th century

    Ezechiele Torricelli, Italian, 1st half of 20th century Italian

    Description

    Back comprised of thirty-three ribs of ebonized wood, each separated by strips of ivory. Wide side pieces and end clasp inlaid with ivory in scrolling foliate designs. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ebony, ivory, pearl, and tortoiseshell along edges of belly and encircling soundhole, plus strip of quatrefoils and lozenges of pearl set in black mastic. Wing-shaped pickguard of ebonized wood, inlaid with ivory similar to capping strip. Neck of hardwood veneered with tortoiseshell with edging of ivory. Headstock of ebonized wood, inlaid on face with ivory in tree-of-life pattern. Tuning machines of nickel silver with knobs of ivory; backplate engraved with foliate designs. Fingerboard of ebony, bound with ivory and inlaid with fret markers of pearl in various designs. Twenty-six frets of nickel silver. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebony with cap of ivory. String holder of silver engraved with foliate designs and crown. Eight strings in four pairs. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole); angled brace just below soundhole. Original case of wood veneered with burl walnut (?), lined with green velvet, and bail-type handle of silver.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56 cm, width 17.7 cm, depth 13.8 cm (Length 22 1/16 in., width 6 15/16 in., depth 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ebonized wood, spruce, ebony, mother-of-pearl

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1986.319

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  • Mandolin (style A2)

    1919

    Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, American American

    Description

    One-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of wide-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole bound with white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling in herringbone pattern. Neck and headstock of mahogany; face of headstock ebonized. Tuning machines of steel with knobs of white plastic. Fingerboard of ebony with fret markers of pearl dots and twenty frets of nickel silver. Nut of ivory. Bridge of walnut (?). String holder of nickel silver. Pickguard of plastic in tortoiseshell pattern. End button of ebony. Eight strings in four pairs. Dark brown varnish. Internal construction: One lateral brace on belly. Original hardshell case.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 65 cm, width 25.7 cm (Length 25 9/16 in., width 10 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Birch, spruce, ebony, plastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1982.801

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  • Guitar

    1628

    Jacopo Checchucci, Italian, active early 17th century Italian

    Description

    Arched back comprised of seventeen ribs of ebony over pine substrate, each separated by two thin strips of ivory and inlaid with ivory in pattern of scrolling tendrils. Sides decorated similarly. Belly of fine-grain spruce, inlaid with arabesques of black mastic. Heraldic device of double-headed eagle inlaid at neck juncture and waist of body on both sides. Tiered rose of gilded parchment with red accents. Binding comprised of parallelograms of ivory and triangles of black mastic along edges of belly and around soundhole. Neck, headstock, and fingerboard veneered with ebony and inlaid similarly to body. Tuning pegs of ivory (unmatched set). Eight tied-on frets of gut and five (later) frets of ebony. Nut of ivory. Bridge (modern) of ebony. End button (modern) of brass. Ten strings in five pairs. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on belly; two below soundhole angled slightly downward from treble to bass. Modern hardshell case.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 90 cm, width 25.5 cm, depth 12 cm (Length 35 7/16 in., width 10 1/16 in., depth 4 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Ebony, spruce, ivory, sheep gut, brass, mastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2001.707

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  • Guitar

    1680

    Nicolas Alexandre Voboam II, French, after 1633–about 1693 French

    Description

    Back of "red cedar" (Juniperus) inlaid with four strips of ivory sandwiched by ebony. Ribs of ebony inlaid with two strips of ivory. Belly of fine-grain spruce with tiered rose of gilded parchment. Rope-pattern binding of ivory and ebony along edges of belly, soundhole, headstock, and fingerboard. Neck, headstock, and fingerboard veneered with ebony; neck inlaid with six strips of ivory. Tuning pegs of rosewood. Ten tied-on frets of gut and two frets of wood. Nut of ivory. Bridge (later?) of ebony terminating in "moustaches." Ten strings in five pairs. Internal construction: two lateral braces on back and six on belly (two above soundhole and two abutting soundhole). Modern hardshell case.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 91.9 cm, width 25 cm, depth 9.3 cm (Length 36 3/16 in., width 9 13/16 in., depth 3 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ebony, red cedar, spruce, ivory, parchment, sheep gut

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1993.576

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  • Guitar (chitarra battente)

    1725

    Jacopo Mosca Cavelli, Italian, active 1720s Italian

    Description

    Arched back comprised of thirteen ribs of bloodwood, each separated by strip of diamond-shaped pieces of pearl set in black mastic. Sides comprised of five ribs, decorated similarly to back. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce, bound with ivory and edged with pieces of pearl similar to back; field decorated with interlacing, foliate designs, and cherub of inlaid tortoiseshell and pearl set in black mastic. Carved rose of walnut. Neck and headstock of bloodwood (?) inlaid with interlacing similar to belly. Front of headstock veneered with ivory, tortoiseshell, and pearl, incorporating heraldic devices of star, dove, and tri-lobed mountain. Tuning pegs of boxwood (?) with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard veneered with tortoiseshell, bound with ivory, and inlaid with pearl in foliate designs. Ten frets of brass with sloped strips of ivory inlaid behind each. Nut of ivory. Bridge (modern) of maple (?) with saddle of ivory. Five pins of brass at lower end of body for fastening strings. Fourteen strings in five courses of one pair and four triples. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole). Ribs lined with pieces of linen and parchment from pages of sacred music.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 93 cm, width 24.9 cm, depth 14.5 cm (Length 36 5/8 in., width 9 13/16 in., depth 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bloodwood, spruce, walnut, ivory, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, brass, mastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2003.76

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  • Guitar (chitarra battente)

    mid-18th century

    Description

    Arched back comprised of twelve ribs of walnut, each separated by strips of light wood. Sides similar, comprised of seven ribs. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Soundhole encircled with foliate shapes and dots of pearl set in black mastic. Tiered rose of gilded parchment with red accents. Neck and headstock of walnut painted/stained black. Tuning pegs (unmatched set) of boxwood. Fingerboard and front of headstock veneered with walnut. Nine frets of brass and five of wood. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebony and ivory. Five pegs of ivory at lower end of body for fastening strings. Ten strings in five pairs.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 79.5 cm, width 22.7 cm, depth 14 cm (Length 31 5/16 in., width 8 15/16 in., depth 5 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Walnut, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1756

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  • Guitar

    about 1790

    Jean-Baptiste Champion, French, active 1783–1808 French

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Rope-pattern binding of ivory and ebony along edges of belly and soundhole. Soundhole also encircled with multi-line purfling of ivory and walnut (?). Separate rose (later, removed) of parchment in geometrical pattern. Neck and headstock of rosewood. Tuning pegs (later) and nut of ivory. Fingerboard veneered with walnut. Twelve tied-on frets of gut. Bridge (replaced) of ebony terminating in "moustaches." Ten strings in five pairs. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and two on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 93.2 cm, width 26.6 cm (Length 36 11/16 in., width 10 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, palisandre, spruce, walnut, ebony, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1753

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  • Guitar

    1803

    Giovanni Battista Fabricatore, Italian, active 1780–1811

    Description
    Details

    Medium

    Spruce, rosewood, boxwood, mother-of-pearl, bone

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2010.612

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  • Alto guitar

    late 19th century

    Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini, Italian, 1844–1920 Italian

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with binding of ebonized wood. Soundhole encircled by semicircles of pearl set in black mastic. Trapezoidal pickguard of dark brown wood. Neck and headstock of maple stained brown. Screw (?) through neck heel. Tuning pegs of mahogany (?). Fingerboard of ebony with seven frets of nickel silver and seven of horn. Nut and end button of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood with ornamental ends. Amber varnish on body. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and at least three lateral braces on belly (two above belly).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.3 cm, width 21.7 cm (Length 21 3/8 in., width 8 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1752

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  • Guitar

    early 19th century

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of medium-grain spruce with multi-line binding of wood. Soundhole encircled with five-line binding of wood and inlaid squares of pearl and ebony. Neck and headstock of cedar (?). Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of pearl. Fingerboard of rosewood with seventeen frets of nickel silver. Nut and bridge pins of ebony. Bridge of mahogany (?). Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and four on belly (one above soundhole and two lowest angled).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 94.2 cm, width 27.8 cm (Length 37 1/16 in., width 10 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1754

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  • Nine-string guitar

    1827

    René-François Lacôte, French, 1785–1855 French

    Description

    One-piece back of mahogany over substrate of spruce. Ribs of solid mahogany. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Multi-line binding of ebony and whalebone around edges of belly and soundhole. Neck of mahogany. Headstock of maple sandwiched by mahogany; face ebonized. Tuning pegs of rosewood. Nut and fingerboard of ebony with seventeen frets of nickel silver. Bridge, finger rest, and string holder of maple. Six main strings and three diapason strings. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and five on belly (two above soundhole). Original case of wood lined with green wool.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 92 cm, width 30 cm (Length 36 1/4 in., width 11 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, maple, spruce, ebony, whale bone, silver, nickel silver, sheep gut

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.629

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    Europe , Musical Instruments

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  • Guitar

    1830

    Louis Panormo, English, 1784–1862 English

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ebonized pearwood. Multi-line purfling around edges of belly and soundhole. Rosette composed of pearl in diamond shapes. Neck and headstock of ebonized cedar. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of ivory; stamped RANCE. Fingerboard of rosewood with eighteen frets of brass. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebonized pearwood, terminating in pearl-covered exclamation points. Bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and three on belly (one above soundhole). Original case of wood lined with red wool.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 92 cm, width 29.1 cm (Length 36 1/4 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, cedar, pearwood (?), rosewood, mother-of-pearl, ebony, ivory, brass, steel, sheep gut, silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.635

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  • Shield-shaped guitar (Wappengitarre)

    about 1835

    Probably by Victorin Drassegg, Austrian, 1782–1847 Austrian

    Description

    Back, ribs, and belly of burled walnut veneer over substrate of softwood. Semicircular cutouts encircling soundhole. Neck and pegbox of walnut; neck angle adjustable with watch-key screw at heel. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony with eighteen frets of ivory. Nut, end button, and decorative domes on headstock of bone. Bridge and bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and four on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 97.2 cm, width 31 cm (Length 38 1/4 in., width 12 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Walnut, spruce, ebony, ivory, cow bone, mother-of-pearl, sheep gut, copper

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.631

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  • Harp-guitar

    about 1835

    Emilius Nicolai Scherr, American, 1794–1874 American

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of spruce stained brown with two circular soundholes. Gold striping along edges of back, ribs, belly, and headstock. Gold decoration at top, center, and bottom of back, comprised of foliate designs and lyre. Neck and headstock veneered with rosewood over core of hardwood. Headstock surmounted by two carved wooden heads of eagles, painted black and gold. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of ivory. Fingerboard of rosewood with three dot fret markers of ivory and nineteen frets of nickel silver. Bridge and carved foliate extensions of rosewood. Nut and bridge buttons (four originals) of ivory. Base of ebonized wood screwed to bottom, with four protruding spikes of brass. Internal construction: six lateral braces on back (one above main soundhole and two below secondary soundhole) straddling shallow longitudinal brace, and six braces on belly (one above main soundhole and two below secondary soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 152 cm, width 33 cm, depth 8.7 cm (Length 59 13/16 in., width 13 in., depth 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce, ivory, brass, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut, silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2003.343

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  • Guitar

    about 1840

    Probably by Antoine Anciaume, French, born in 1776 French

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs veneered with burled amboyna wood over substrate of spruce. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ivory and ebony along belly and back. Border of belly decorated with pearl and abalone in repeated foliate pattern. Belly, headstock, neck, and fingerboard decorated in motifs celebrating Napoleon Bonaparte, inlaid in engraved pearl and abalone. Neck and headstock of maple veneered with burled amboyna. Tuning machines of brass and iron with rollers of ivory and heads of pearl in floral pattern, stamped Demet. Seventeen frets of nickel silver. Nut of pearl. Bridge, bridge pins, and end button of ebony. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and five on belly (two above soundhole and one below soundhole angled slightly). Modern case of wood lined with decorative paper.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 90.7 cm, width 29.6 cm (Length 35 11/16 in., width 11 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Amboyna wood, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, abalone, silver, brass, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1999.520

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  • Guitar

    about 1840

    Martin & Coupa, American, active about 1840–1850 American

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ivory around edges of back and belly. Purfling of pearl diamonds set in black mastic around edges of belly and soundhole. Purfling of alternating dark and light wood in herringbone pattern along upper and lower edges of ribs. Purfling of alternating dark and light wood squares around edges of back. Neck and headstock of hardwood veneered with ebony; sides of headstock veneered with ivory. Neck angle adjustable with watch-key screw at heel. Tuning machines of iron and brass; back of headstock covered by plate of brass engraved with floral designs. Nut and fingerboard of ivory with eighteeen frets of nickel silver. Bridge of ivory with decorative lobe inlaid with abalone. Bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: three lateral braces on back; two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole) plus two angled braces in V pattern. Original case of yellow poplar with no extant lining.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 92.6 cm, width 29 cm (Length 36 7/16 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce, ebony, ivory, brass, mother-of-pearl, nickel silver, sheep gut, silver, abalone, steel

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2003.342

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  • Guitar (style 2)

    about 1865

    James Ashborn, American, 1824–1876 American

    Description

    Two-piece back of rosewood over substrate of softwood. Ribs of rosewood over substrate of maple (?). Belly of medium-grain spruce with triple-line purfling. Binding of light wood on back and belly. Septuple-line purfling encircling soundhole. Neck and headstock of maple veneered with rosewood. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of rosewood. Fingerboard of rosewood with nineteen frets of brass. Nut, bridge, and bridge pins of ebony. End button of ivory. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back; two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole) plus three thin, steeply angled braces at lower end. Original case of wood lined with patterned fabric.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 91.2 cm, width 29 cm (Length 35 7/8 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce, maple

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1998.194

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  • Guitar

    1890s

    John C. Haynes and Company, American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 95.8 cm, width 31.8 cm (Length 37 11/16 in, width 12 1/2 in)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce, ebony, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2010.581

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  • Child's guitar (bambina model)

    about 1870

    Possibly by D. and A. Roudhloff

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of coromandel wood. Belly of fine-grained spruce. Multi-line binding along edges of belly and encircling soundhole. Neck and headstock of cedar. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of ivory; stamped: Baker. Fingerboard of ebony with seventeen frets of nickel silver. Nut and saddle of ivory. Bridge, bridge pins, and end button of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and three on belly (one above soundhole). Original rectangular case of wood veneered with burl walnut and lined with green satin.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.3 cm, width 14.9 cm (Length 21 3/8 in., width 5 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Coromandel wood, spruce, cedar, ebony, ivory, brass, steel, sheep gut, silver, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.630

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  • Treble guitar (cavaquinho)

    1850–1900

    Jeronymo Jose Dos Santos, Portuguese, 2nd half of 19th century...

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of wood with fake rosewood graining. Belly of medium-grain spruce. Neck and headstock of maple (?); face of headstock veneered with rosewood. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of walnut with seventeen frets of brass. Nut and bridge pins of ivory. Bridge of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and two on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 46.2 cm, width 12 cm (Length 18 3/16 in., width 4 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce, walnut

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1751

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  • Guitar (Romancer model)

    about 1960

    Mastro Industries, American American

    Description

    Body, neck, headstock, bridge, nut, and end button of injection molded Dow styrene plastic. Belly, fingerboard, and front of headstock ivory colored. Back, ribs, neck, and back of headstock colored brown with swirl pattern imitating wood grain. Belly, fingerboard, and headstock decorated with red and black images of teenagers playing guitars, dancing, etc. Eighteen frets molded into fingerboard. Tuning machines of aluminum with knobs of plastic. Internal construction: Three longitudinal braces of wood. Original neck strap of red and blue braided cord, pick of red plastic, instructional brochure, and storage box of cardboard.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 88.3 cm, width 32.3 cm (Length 34 3/4 in., width 12 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Plastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2001.421

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  • Arch-top guitar (style O Artist)

    about 1918

    Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, American American

    Description

    Two-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of fine- to medium-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole edged with binding of white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling in diamond pattern. Neck and headstock of mahogany; back and face of headstock ebonized. Face of headstock inlaid with pearl in fleur-de-lis. Tuning machines of steel with knobs of white plastic. Fingerboard of ebony with fret markers of pearl dots and twenty-two frets of nickel silver. Nut of plastic. Bridge and end button of ebony. Tailpiece assembly and pickguard of nickel silver and plastic in tortoiseshell pattern. Red shaded varnish. Internal construction: One lateral and two longitudinal (slightly angled) braces on belly. Original hardshell case.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 97 cm, width 40.9 cm (Length 38 3/16 in., width 16 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Birch, spruce, mahogany, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, copper, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2001.138

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  • Harp guitar (style U)

    1920

    Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, American American

    Description

    Two-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of fine-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole bound with white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling and diamond pattern. Neck, headstock, diapason string extension, and support column of mahogany. Face of headstock ebonized. Angled truss rod of steel. Tuning machines of steel with knobs of white plastic. Fingerboard of ebony with fret markers of pearl dots and nineteen frets of nickel silver. Nut of plastic. Bridge of maple with cap of ebony. Tailpiece assembly of nickel silver and plastic in tortoiseshell pattern. Bridge pins and end button of ebony. Pickguard (modern) of plastic in tortoiseshell pattern with old Gibson hardware of nickel silver. Six main strings and ten diapason strings. Red shaded varnish. Internal construction: One lateral and two longitudinal braces on belly, plus two large struts of wood bracing neck and diapason support rod. Original hardshell case and tuning key.e

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 90.7 cm, width 29.6 cm (Length 35 11/16 in., width 11 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Birch, spruce, mahogany, maple, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, copper, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.552

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  • Harp guitar (Symphony model, Style 5)

    about 1920

    Larson Brothers, American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 105.4 x 40 x 10.8 cm (41 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, spruce, ebony, mother-of-pearl, ivory, nickel silver, copper, silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2008.676

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  • Guitar-lyre (chitarra-lyra ad un braccio)

    about 1925

    Luigi Mozzani, Italian, 1869–1943 Italian

    Description

    Mozzani began designing his own instruments in the late 19th century, when he became dissatisfied with the small parlor-type guitars that were common in Italy at the time. He established schools of lutherie in Bologna, Cento, and Roverto. This instrument's design reflects the Art Nouveau style of the early twentieth century, with an organic, curvilinear shape that is derived from nature. One of the more interesting technical features of Mozzani's harp guitars is a bolt-on neck, the angle of which can be easily adjusted.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 99 x 94 cm (39 x 37 in.) Lender accessory (Case): 102.9 x 43.2 cm (40 1/2 x 17 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, spruce, walnut, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, silver, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2007.444

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  • Hawaiian steel guitar (style 4)

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  • Resonator guitar (model 65 prototype)

    1929

    Dobro Company, American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 96.4 cm, width 36.2 cm, depth 8.2 cm (Length 37 15/16 in., width 14 1/4 in., depth 3 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Magnolia, mahogany, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, aluminum, plastic, steel, copper

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2006.1883

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  • Resonator guitar (Tricone model)

    1934

    National String Instrument Corporation, American American

    Description

    Body and neck of nickel silver. Three resonators in body covered by grillwork plate with screen mesh in geometric openings. Geometric grillwork in upper half of body. Belly, back, and ribs engraved with floral patterns; edges of body and neck engraved with wavy lines. Headstock of mahogany. Tuning machines of nickel silver and brass with knobs of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony with binding of white plastic and fret markers of pearl dots. Nineteen frets of nickel silver. Nut of ivory. Original hard-shell case.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 98 cm, width 36.2 cm (Length 38 9/16 in., width 14 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Nickel silver, ebony, plastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1998.193

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  • Resonator guitar (style O)

    1935

    National String Instrument Corporation, American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 96.5 cm (38 in.)

    Medium

    Brass, nickel silver, wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2010.615

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  • Guitar (catalog model 49)

    about 1932

    Stromberg-Voisenet Company, American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 92.5 x 33.7 x 9.6cm (36 7/16 x 13 1/4 x 3 3/4in.)

    Medium

    Birch, spruce, basswood, rosewood, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, brass, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2415

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  • Arch-top guitar (Venetian model, style A)

    about 1933

    Kay Musical Instrument Company (Kay-Kraft Brand), American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 101 x 36.5 x 9.4cm (39 3/4 x 14 3/8 x 3 11/16in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, brass, nickel silver, silk

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2414

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  • Arch-top guitar (New Yorker model)

    1954

    John D'Angelico, American, 1905–1964 American

    Description

    Two-piece arched back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-to-medium-grain spruce with F-shaped soundholes. Back, belly, soundholes, and fingerboard edged with binding of white and black plastic. Neck and headstock of maple. Grover brand tuning machines of brass. Fingerboard of ebony with fret markers of pearl in "split block" pattern and twenty-two frets of nickel silver. Nut of ivory. Adjustable bridge of ebony. Tailpiece of brass. Pickguard (modern) of plastic. Floating electronic pickup (later, removed). Brown sunburst finish. Hard-shell case (later).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 110 cm, width 45.5 cm (Length 43 5/16 in., width 17 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, brass, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1998.62

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  • Travel guitar (Backpacker model)

    1999

    Manufactured by C. F. Martin & Co., Inc., American American

    Description

    Back, ribs, and neck of one-piece of mahogany. Belly of wide-grain spruce. Tuning machines and strap buttons of chrome-plated steel. Fingerboard of rosewood with fifteen frets of nickel silver. Nut, saddle, and bridge pins of white plastic. Bridge of rosewood. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and two steeply angled braces on belly. Padded case of black nylon and player's strap of brown nylon.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 89 cm, width 19.7 cm, depth 5 cm (Length 35 1/16 in., width 7 3/4 in., depth 1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, spruce, rosewood, plastic, steel, copper, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.591

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  • Electric guitar (Dan Armstrong model)

    1969–70

    Ampeg Company, American American

    Description

    By the 1960s, industrial designers had begun to incorporate acrylic plastics into the production of not only furniture, but also mechanical objects. The material's transparent quality shed light on previously unseen inner workings, allowing them to be perceived as part of the overall aesthetic. Guitar designer Dan Armstrong may have conceived this clear acrylic guitar as a way of emphasizing the inconsequential nature of an electric guitar's body, as it has very little acoustical affect on the instrument's sound quality. The maple neck and rosewood fingerboard would have made the instrument feel more natural to players, but they also provide an attractive visual contrast to the see-through body.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 97.2 x 33 x 3.2cm (38 1/4 x 13 x 1 1/4in.)

    Medium

    Plastic, maple, rosewood, ivory, steel, aluminum, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2416

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  • Electric guitar (Gittler model)

    about 1980

    Avraham Bar Rashi, formerly Allan Gittler, 1928–2003

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 73.4 x 7.3 cm (28 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Stainless steel

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2412

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  • Electric guitar (M5-700 MoonSault model)

    1982

    Kawai Company, Japanese Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 106.7 x 30.5 x 4.1cm (42 x 12 x 1 5/8in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, rosewood, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2418

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  • Electric guitar (Pro II U series Urchin Deluxe model)

    1984

    Arai Company (Aria trademark), Japanese Japanese

    Description

    The dramatic curves of the Urchin guitar might have been inspired by the spiny points of the instrument's sea-dwelling namesake, or they might suggest the sinister fins of a shark. Regardless, the reference to ocean life is evident, with the deeply shaded blue-black varnish over a striped maple veneer that suggests ripples in a sandy beach as the ocean breaks over it. Various other guitar models from the 1980s experimented with abstract, pointed designs, as heavy-metal bands sometimes used their instrument's weapon-like appearance as a visual complement to the loud, thrashing music that was their trademark. Probably inspired by the work of B.C. Rich, a California guitar maker who started building guitars with similarly spiky outlines a decade earlier, the Urchin never sold as well as the company's more traditionally shaped models of classic American guitars.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 103.5 x 38.1 x 4.5cm (40 3/4 x 15 x 1 3/4in.)

    Medium

    Ash, maple, rosewood, plastic, steel, brass, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2417

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  • Electric guitar (GL2T model)

    1986

    Steinberger Sound Company, American American

    Description

    Music: Improvisation by Reeves Gabrels, 2009 (performed by Reeves Gabrels)

    Details

    Dimensions

    76.5 x 19 x 4.5 cm (30 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Carbon graphite, nickel silver, steel, plastic, brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2800

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  • Electric guitar (Bar Rashi model)

    about 1990

    Avraham Bar Rashi, formerly Allan Gittler, 1928–2003

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 81.1 x 18 x 3.7 cm (31 15/16 x 7 1/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Olive wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2413

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  • Electric guitar (Fly Artist model)

    1999

    Parker Guitars, American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 96.5 cm, width 32 cm, depth 4 cm (Length 38 in., width 12 5/8 in., depth 1 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Spruce, carbon-glass fiber, plastic, steel, nickel silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1999.739

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  • Modular electric/acoustic guitar

    1999

    Chrysalis Guitar Co., Inc., American American

    Description

    Frame, soundboard grills, neck, headstock, and bridge of epoxy/graphite composite. Two-piece frame assembles at center with keyhole joining plate. Neck attaches to frame with metal spline in groove. Headstock (with strings already attached to tuning machines and bridge) attaches to neck with two metal rods inserted in holes. Schaller-brand "Mini" tuning machines. Fingerboard of phenolic impregnated plys of birch with twenty-two frets of metal alloy. Bridge (with Fishman-brand piezo pickup) hooks into soundboard grills. Strings brought to tension with cam lever on back of headstock. Shell of denim attaches to rim of body with Velcro; balloon of Mylar inside inflates with nozzle of polyethylene, stopped with 260-caliber rifle bullet. Instrument disassembles for storage in attaché-type case; includes pre-amp, tuner, and tools.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 101 cm, width 38.5 cm, depth 3 cm (Length 39 3/4 in., width 15 3/16 in., depth 1 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Carbon graphite, Mylar, cloth

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.1059

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  • Chapman Stick

    2000

    Stick Enterprises, Inc., American American

    Description

    "Touchboard" instrument with slender body constructed from seven laminations of satine wood, terminating in pointed headstock. Twenty-four fret rods of stainless steel and five circular fret markers of iridescent paua shell. Adjustable square-section truss rod of stainless steel. "Nut" comprised of steel height-adjustable saddle screws for each string. One-piece bridge/tailpiece unit of plastic with height-adjustable screws similar to nut. Electro-magnetic stereo pickups housed in module of black plastic. Ten strings grouped into treble and bass. Adjustable shoulder strap of leather and belt hook of black plastic. Plastic storage case. Overall length 1105 mm, width 83 mm, depth 43 mm, string length 855 mm.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 110.5 cm, width 8.3 cm, depth 4.3 cm (Length 43 1/2 in., width 3 1/4 in., depth 1 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Satine wood, paua shell

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.581

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  • Lap steel guitar (No. 1 Hawaiian guitar model)

    about 1936

    Manufactured by Dobro Company, American American

    Description

    Body, neck, headstock, and nut constructed from one piece of cast aluminum. Lyre logo and elongated F-holes cast into body. Back of body and neck covered with brown felt. Tuning machines of nickel silver. Fingerboard of rosewood with fret markers of pearl dots and twenty-six frets of nickel silver. Split-blade pickup with two knurled screws for height adjustment. Bridge cover of nickel silver. Volume and tone knobs of white plastic. Body and neck painted brown with faux wood grain, accented by gold paint in recesses of body. Original hard-shell case. Four slides of steel (one old), two finger picks of metal and two of plastic. Amplifier of plywood covered by tweed-patterned cloth with three green and black stripes. Circular cover for speaker of perforated aluminum.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Guitar: length 94.5 cm, width 26.8 cm, depth 4.8 cm (Length 37 3/16 in., width 10 9/16 in., depth 1 7/8 in.) Amplifier: height 35.5 cm, width 38.4 cm, depth 23.4 cm (height 14 in., width 15 1/8 in., depth 9 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Aluminum, rosewood, plastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.1016.1

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  • Lap steel guitar (New Yorker model)

    1947

    Valco (National brand), American American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 73.2 cm, diameter 17.8 cm (Length 28 13/16 in., diameter 7 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, plastic

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2009.2223

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  • Lap steel guitar (Ultratone model)

    about 1949

    Gibson, Inc., American American

    Description

    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.

    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Maple, plastic, steel

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2001.239

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  • Lap steel guitar (Dynamic model)

    1952

    Valco (National brand), American American

    Description

    Lap steels were the first commercially successful electric guitars. As they were relatively straightforward to construct and not bound by any previous traditions, their designers made abundant use of new materials, exciting colors, and marvelous shapes. The curved shapes of the headstock, body, and control knob plates all suggest the streamlined look that was still prevalent when the Dynamic model was first introduced in the 1940s, while the pattern of stepped fret markers owes more to the slightly older fashion of Art Deco. The lap steel is played with a steel pick that that slides up and down the strings to produce sound.

    Details

    Dimensions

    81.3 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm (32 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, plastic, steel

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2006.1884

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  • Lap steel guitar (BD model)

    about 1950

    Electro String Instrument Corporation (Rickenbacker brand),...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 24.1 x 5.1 x 73.7 cm (9 1/2 x 2 x 29 in.)

    Medium

    Bakelite, steel

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2007.783

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  • Lyre guitar

    about 1805

    Joseph Pons, French, born in 1776 French

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of mahogany. Belly of fine-grain spruce with two soundholes composed of six comma-shaped openings. Five-line purfling along edges of belly and encircling soundholes. Back and belly edged with binding of ebony. Moldings of ebony along base of body. Neck and both faces of headstock veneered with brown wood with black streaks. Arms of body joined to headstock with rods of gilded brass terminating in acorn-shaped ends. Tuning pegs (unmatched set) of ebony and rosewood. Fingerboard of ebony with thirteen frets of ivory. Nut of bone. Bridge and bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and two on belly below soundholes.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 78 cm, width 33.6 cm (Length 30 11/16 in., width 13 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments

    Accession Number

    17.1768

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  • Lyre guitar

    1810

    Joseph Pons, French, born in 1776 French

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of satinwood. Belly of fine-grain spruce with binding of ebony. Triple-line stringing along edges of belly and encircling soundholes. Two rosettes composed of gilded eight-petal flowers and leaves. Engraved and monogrammed shield of pearl inlaid into belly. Moldings of ebony along base of body. Neck of ebonized wood. Fluted columns of mahogany supporting yoke of gilded wood, terminating in carved spirals with acanthus leaves and pineapple at center. Tuning pegs of ebony. Fingerboard of ebony with fifteen frets of nickel silver (?). Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood and pearl, terminating in "moustaches." Bridge pins of ebony. Imitation gemstones at center of rosettes, yoke spirals, bridge pins, and tuning pegs. Buttons of ebony and pearl at heel of neck base of body for player's strap. Original coffin-type case of wood lined with green wool, bearing same monogram as on instrument.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 87.5 cm, width 45.8 cm (Length 34 7/16 in., width 18 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Satinwood, spruce, mahogany, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, nickel silver, sheep gut, silver, semi-precious stones, paste

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.972

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  • Harp-lute-guitar

    about 1810

    Invented by Edward Light, English, 1747–1832 English

    Description

    Back comprised of seven ribs of maple, with narrow oval soundhole at center. Belly of medium-grain spruce with separate carved rose in foliate pattern. Rose, edges of belly and field of belly decorated with gilt foliate designs. Gold and red stripes outlining back and bottom of body. Neck, pegboxes, and fingerboard of ebonized wood. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood with buttons of ivory. Nuts and twelve frets of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood. Seven main strings and four diapason strings. Medium brown varnish. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 93.6 cm, width 35.8 cm, depth 15 cm (Length 36 7/8 in., width 14 1/8 in., depth 5 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1770

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  • Harp-lute

    about 1815

    Invented by Edward Light, English, 1747–1832 English

    Description

    Back comprised of seven ribs of mahogany (?), with narrow oval soundhole at center. Belly of fine-grain spruce decorated with gilt scrolling patterns. Back and bottom of body outlined by gold stripes. Separate carved soundhole insert of gilded wood in cross and sunburst pattern. Neck, harmonic curve, and support column of maple (?).Tuning pins of iron. Fingerboard of ebonized wood with eight frets of ivory. Three loops of brass on harmonic curve for raising pitch of strings and small capo of brass on fingerboard between first and second frets, affecting fifth and sixth strings. Nuts of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood. Seven main strings and five diapason strings. Ebonized varnish. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 85.7 cm, width 35.6 cm, depth 14.5 cm (Length 33 3/4 in., width 14 in., depth 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1769

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  • Guitar-harp

    about 1825

    Mordaunt Levien, French French

    Description

    Arched back comprised of three wide ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with oval soundhole at center. Belly of fine-grained spruce. Multi-line binding of ebony and ivory around edges of belly and encircling soundhole. Separate carved soundhole insert of gilded wood with French royal arms and sunburst pattern. Neck and headstock of ebonized wood; headstock surmounted by gilded face of Apollo on sunburst pattern. Tuning pins of brass. Fingerboard of ebony with twelve frets of ivory. Nut and saddle of ivory. Bridge, bridge pins, and end button of ebony and pearl. Capo and three studs ("pedals") of brass for raising pitch of strings 4, 5, and 6 with thumb. Seven strings. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 84 cm, width 32.8 cm, depth 14.3 cm (Length 33 1/16 in., width 12 15/16 in., depth 5 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, brass, sheep gut, silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2000.632

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  • Harpo-lyre

    about 1830

    Jean-Francois Salomon, French, 1786–1831 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 100 cm, width 43.3 cm (Length 39 3/8 in., width 17 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Satinwood, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, baleen(?), brass, nickel silver, silver, sheep gut

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2006.1221

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  • Harpo-lyre

    about 1830

    Description

    Guitar-shaped body (in lower part) with slightly curved back of polished mahogany. Ribs of mahogany. Sound-board of pine; three sounnd-holes with marquetry inlay around the edges. The upper part of the body has three extensions, to which are affixed three necks, the middle one being shorter than the side necks. Head-board, veneered with mahogany on both sides, slightly inclined with respect to the necks, of ornamental arched outline with worm and worm-wheel peg adjusting mechanism fixed at the back, end of pegs passing through clearance holes and extending in front about 15 cm. Right-hand and left-hand necks have finger-boards flush with sound-board and are furnished with fifteen brass frets each. The middle finger-board extends over the sound-board almost to the sound-hole and has nineteen frets. Strings: sound-board fastening type; three groups fastened by buttons to a long ebony cross-bar with three ivory bridges inserted in it; three ivory nuts in their respective necks. Number of strings; right-hand neck, eight spun silk; middle neck, three gut, three spun silk; left-hand neck, seven spun silk. Short steel rest at bottom.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 100 cm, width 43.3 cm (Length 39 3/8 in., width 17 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Rosewood, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1755

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  • Arch-cittern (syron)

    1757

    Remerus Liessem, English, active about 1750–1760 English

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with separate carved rose of wood in sunburst and foliate design. Soundhole encircled by inked decoration in geometric patterns. Neck and extended pegbox of maple, terminating in square finial, decorated with triangles of ebony and ivory. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood. Fingerboard of ebony inlaid with three five-pointed stars of bone or ivory; thirteen frets of brass. Diapason nut and saddle of ivory. Main nut, end button, and bridge of ebonized wood; bridge with cap of ivory. Eleven pegs of ivory and five pins of brass at lower end of body for fastening strings. Sixteen strings: one single and five pairs on fingerboard, and five diapasons. Medium brown varnish.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 90 cm, width 31.3 cm (Length 35 7/16 in., width 12 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1749

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  • Cittern (English guitar)

    about 1770

    John Preston, English, died in 1 died in 1798 English

    Description

    Pear-shaped body of red-brown varnished maple. Sound-board with rose; round sound-hole surrounded by yellow lines. Vertical ribs, back flat except the upper part, which inclines toward the neck. Ebony finger-board with twelve brass frets and four holes for the capotasto. The peg-box of the usual type is replaced by Preston's 'machine.' The neck ends with scroll bent bacward to provide clearance for the tuning-key and is surmounted by a small head. Strings: six courses, two lower ones of spun wire and four higher ones of steel in pairs, making ten strings altogether; lower end fastening (small brass pins in the bottom); shallow movable bridge, ivory nut; frontal type tuning end fastening; looped ends of strings attached to movable hooks.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69 cm, width 29 cm (Length 27 3/16 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1747

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  • Archcittern

    1789

    Renault and Chatelain, French, active 1772–1811 French

    Description
    Details

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2006.1223

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  • Cittern (English guitar)

    1750–1800

    Lucas, English, active 18th century English

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Rose of stamped brass in sunburst design encircled by musical instruments, with retaining ring of ivory. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple terminating in square finial veneered with ivory set in black mastic. Watch-key tuning mechanism of brass. Fingerboard of maple (?), inlaid with flowers and circles of engraved pearl, and decorated at upper and lower end with engraved plaques of ivory. Four holes for capo and fifteen frets of brass. Nut missing. Bridge of ebonized wood. Ten pegs (only one extant) of ivory at lower end of body for fastening strings. Ten strings in five pairs. Medium brown varnish. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and two on belly (lowest brace angled).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68 cm, width 29.7 cm (Length 26 3/4 in., width 11 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, mother-of-pearl, brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1746

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  • Cittern (English guitar)

    late 18th century

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Edges of back and belly edged with binding of ebony. Painted purfling along edges of back, ribs, and belly, and encircling soundhole. Rose of stamped brass with bird amongst foliage, and retaining ring of ivory. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple terminating in square finial veneered with various woods. Watch-key tuning mechanism of brass. Fingerboard of ebony with three holes for capo and twelve frets of brass. Nut, saddle, and capo of ivory with wing nut of brass. Bridge of ebonized wood with cap of ivory. Ten pegs of ivory at lower end of body for fastening strings. Ten strings: two singles and four pairs. Amber varnish. Original case of wood covered with leather.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72.5 cm, width 30.6 cm (Length 28 9/16 in., width 12 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    27.2241

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  • Keyed cittern (English guitar)

    late 18th century

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with painted purfling encircling soundhole. Back and belly edged with binding of dark brown wood. Stamped rose of brass with figures playing flute and hurdy gurdy, and retaining ring of ivory. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple terminating in square finial veneered with wood and ivory. Watch-key tuning mechanism of brass. Fingerboard of ebony with three holes for capo and twelve frets of brass. Nut, saddle, and end button of ivory. Bridge of ebonized wood. Ten pins of brass at lower end of body for fastening strings. Ten strings: two singles and four pairs. "Smith's patent box" screwed to body, with six keys of ivory and hammer mechanism for striking strings. Amber varnish. Internal construction: Six lateral braces on back and X-bracing on belly.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72.5 cm, width 30.5 cm (Length 28 9/16 in., width 12 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1748

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  • Keyed cittern (English guitar)

    1798

    Distributed by Longman & Broderip, English, active 1776–1798...

    Description

    Pear-shaped body with flat back. Back, ribs, and neck of slab-cut maple. Belly of spruce with slightly-domed ivory rose, carved and pierced with six-pointed stars, urn with swags, and monogram "A R L." Black single-line stringing and painted green leaves encircling rose and perimeter of back and belly. Back and belly edged with barber-pole binding. Fingerboard of ivory with thirteen brass frets and four holes for capo tasto bar of ivory with brass wing-nut. Sickle-shaped head with square finial faced with tortoiseshell. Watch-key-type tuning mechanism of brass engraved with foliate designs. Nut and bridge of ivory. Amber-colored varnish. Six courses of strings in two singles, two pairs and two triples, hitched to ivory buttons at bottom. Integral, piano-hammer action with six leather-covered hammers (removable through end of body) striking strings through holes in rose. Mother-of-pearl piano keys covered by silver housing engraved with monogram and foliate border. Two knobs of ivory at end of body for neck strap and action removal. Includes leather-bound wood case stamped with various patterns.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.5 cm, width 30.5 cm (Length 27 3/8 in., width 12 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1999.1

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  • Cittern (Portuguese guitar)

    late 19th century

    José Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese, 19th century Portuguese

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of walnut. Belly of fine-grain spruce with multi-line purfling along edges and encircling soundhole. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple terminating in scroll. Watch-key tuning mechanism of brass with knurled knobs fanning out from top. Fingerboard of rosewood with seventeen frets of brass. Nut and saddle of ivory. Bridge of ivory on base of wood. Plate of brass with twelve knobs at lower end of body for fastening strings. Six pairs of strings. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back (one above soundhole) and three on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68.5 cm, width 28.9 cm (Length 26 15/16 in., width 11 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Walnut, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1800

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  • Balalaika

    19th century

    Description

    Body comprised of six ribs of spruce. Belly of medium-grain spruce. Neck and headstock of spruce. No separate fingerboard; five extant tied-on frets of gut. Tuning pegs, nut, and bridge of wood. Saddle of ebony. Three pegs of wood at lower end of body for fastening strings. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 63 cm, width 31.2 cm, depth 8.1 cm (Length 24 13/16 in., width 12 5/16 in., depth 3 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Spruce, pine

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1750

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  • Balalaika

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 63.3 cm, width 33.6 cm, depth 9.2 cm (Length 24 15/16 in., width 13 1/4 in., depth 3 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Birch, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2005.207

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  • Tamburica

    19th century

    Description

    One-piece carved back of hardwood. One-piece belly of cypress (?) with upper panel of hardwood. Seventeen small holes in belly. Triangular-shaped neck, headstock, and tuning pegs of hardwood. No separate fingerboard; sixteen frets and string guard (beyond nut) of iron. Separate piece of wood at bottom of body with two knobs for fastening strings. Two pairs of strings

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.8 cm, width 10.7 cm, depth 5.5 cm (Length 23 9/16 in., width 4 3/16 in., depth 2 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Fruitwood

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1757

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  • Banjo

    about 1845–55

    William Esperance Boucher, Jr., American, 1822–1899 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 30.9 x 9 x 94.7 cm (12 3/16 x 3 9/16 x 37 5/16 in.) String length: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oak, maple

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2007.51

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  • Banjo

    about 1850–60

    Description

    Rim of mahogany inlaid with strips of maple and other woods. Tone ring of iron with eight hooks of brass on shield-shaped plates. Neck and headstock of mahogany. Tuning pegs (mostly modern) of boxwood. No separate fingerboard. Nut of ebony. Bridge (modern) of pine. Stringholder of mahogany.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 110 cm, diameter 33.5 cm (Length 43 5/16 in., diameter 13 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    66.1130

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  • Banjo

    about 1860

    James Ashborn, American, 1824–1876 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 91 cm, diameter 33.9 cm (Length 35 3/16 in., diameter 13 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, rosewood, iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2007.975

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  • Banjo

    1895

    Icilio Consalvi, American (born in Italy), 1865–1951 American...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 88.9 x 27.9 cm (35 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, ebony, mother-of-pearl, abalone, ivory, silver, semi-precious stones

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2006.1928

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  • Banjo (banjeaurine)

    about 1897–98

    John C. Haynes and Company, American American

    Description

    Rim of mahogany. Tone ring of nickel silver with thirty-one hooks with ball-end nuts. Neck and headstock of mahogany. Headstock veneered on back with ebonized wood. Tuning pegs of ivory carved in openwork pattern. Fingerboard of ebony with binding of ivory and twenty-two frets of nickel silver. Fingerboard and headstock inlaid with engraved pearl in tree-of-life pattern. Neck heel inlaid with pearl in monogram of original owner. Nut and stringholder of ivory. Period bridge of ebony.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 75.7 cm, diameter 25.5 cm (Length 29 13/16 in., diameter 10 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, nickel silver, ebony, mother-of-pearl, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1981.655

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  • Banjo (Whyte Laydie model, style no. 7)

    about 1904

    A. C. Fairbanks Co., American, 1891–1893 American

    Description

    Rim of maple with banding of plastic in tortoiseshell pattern and stringing of wood at lower edge in herringbone pattern. "Whyte Laydie" style tone ring system of nickel silver with thirty-one "cobra" hooks and hexagonal ball-end nuts. Period adjustable wire arm rest of nickel silver. Neck of maple, carved in foliate design at heel. Headstock of maple sandwiched between pieces of ebonized pearwood or maple. Tuning pegs of gold-plated brass with knobs of pearl. Fingerboard of ebony with binding of ivory and twenty frets of nickel silver. Fingerboard, neck heel, and both faces of headstock inlaid with pearl engraved with foliate designs and head of griffin. Nut of ivory. Bridge (later) of maple.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 95 cm, diameter 30.3 cm (Length 37 3/8 in., diameter 11 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, nickel silver, celluloid, ebony, mother-of-pearl

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1997.64

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  • Lute (after Renaissance type)

    1962

    Donald Warnock, American, 1919–1997 American

    Description

    Back comprised of eleven ribs of maple with capping strip. Multi-piece belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose in geometrical pattern. Neck and tuning pegs of mahogany. Pegbox of beech. Fingerboard veneered with pearwood (?), edged with paduak (?). Eight tied-on frets of gut and four frets of beech. Nut of ivory. Bridge of maple. End button of boxwood. Eleven strings: one single and five pairs. Amber varnish on back. Hardshell case lined with blue felt.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 73.7 cm, width 35.4 cm, depth 17.7 cm (Length 29 in., width 13 15/16 in., depth 6 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    63.3049

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  • Vihuela (after Renaissance type)

    1964

    Donald Warnock, American, 1919–1997 American

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of pearwood. Multi-piece belly of fine-grain spruce with binding of paduak (?) and inlays of holly (?) and cedar (?) diamond patterns. Separate carved rose of wood in geometrical pattern. Neck of rosewood. Headstock of nine plys of rosewood and maple. Tuning pegs of ebony (?). Fingerboard of paduak (?) with ten tied-on frets of gut. Nut of ivory. Bridge of paduak (?) with cap of rosewood. Twelve strings in six pairs.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 99.5 cm, width 27.1 cm (Length 39 3/16 in., width 10 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pearwood, spruce, rosewood

    Classification

    Musical instruments , Chordophones

    Accession Number

    67.1232

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