Modular electric/acoustic guitar

Chrysalis Guitar Co., Inc. (American), Designed by Tim White

Object Place: New Boston, New Hampshire, United States


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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carbon graphite, Mylar, cloth

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



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.


2000, gift of the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2001)

Credit Line

Gift of Tim White, Chrysalis Guitars, New Boston, New Hampshire


© 2006 Timothy P. White