Arch-top guitar (New Yorker model)

John D'Angelico (American, 1905–1964)

Object Place: New York City, New York, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Americas, Musical Instruments



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).


Inlaid on peg head: D'Angelico / New York / New Yorker; stamped inside: 1959


Before 1998, John Knapp, New York. By 1998, sold by source unidentified to Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Massachusetts; 1998, sold by Skinner, Inc., to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1998)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, and Harriet Otis Cruft Fund