Harp guitar (style U)

Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company (American)

Object Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


Other (overall length): 90.7 cm (35 11/16 in.) Other (body length): 44 cm (17 5/16 in.) Other (upper bout): 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.) Other (waist): 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.) Other (lower bout): 29.6 cm (11 5/8 in.) Other (maximum rib): 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.) Other (length of stopped strings): 62.5 cm (24 5/8 in.) Other (length of longest open string): 85 cm (33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Birch, spruce, mahogany, maple, 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-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


Inlaid on headstock: The/ Gibson;
printed label: … Gibson HARP-GUITAR Style U / Number [handwritten: 55511] is hereby / GUARANTEED … GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. / (Manufacturers) / Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S.A.; On tailpiece: PAT. APPLIED FOR
On pickguard: PAT MAR 30 '09


Before 1977, Eldon Stutzman, Rochester, New York; 1977, by inheritance to his son, David Stutzman, Rochester, New York; 2000, sold by Stutzman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously