Arch-top guitar (style O Artist)

about 1918
Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company (American)

Object Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



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.


Late 1980s, sold by Mr. Babitz, New York, to Fred Oster, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 2001, sold by Oster to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2001)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Gibson Guitar Corporation