Lap steel guitar (Ultratone model)

about 1949
Gibson, Inc. (American)

Object Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


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


Medium or Technique

Maple, plastic, steel

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Americas, Musical Instruments



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.


Inscribed on cover plates: Gibson [and] ULTRATONE


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