Dobro Guitar

Description (Brief)
This resonator guitar was made by Dobro in Los Angeles, California around 1933-1937. The name originated in 1928 when the Dopyera brothers formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company. "Dobro" is both a contraction of "Dopyera brothers" and a word meaning "goodness" in their native Slovak. John Dopyera was granted a patent (U.S. Patent #1,896,484, February 7, 1933) for a musical instrument with a conical metal resonator. This six course (6x1) guitar has a squared-off neck with raised strings for Hawaiian-style playing.
Frederick John Wright (1926-1985) was a classic amateur country music performer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and a year later, his family moved to Toronto, Canada. In 1938, a door to door salesman offered a Dobro guitar with lessons for $5.00 per week, for thirteen weeks. Fred played this guitar and with his father entertained veterans in hospitals in the Toronto area. In 1947, Fred returned to the United States with his treasured guitar.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
guitar
Date made
1933-1937
maker
Dobro
Measurements
overall: 39 in x 14 1/2 in x 5 in; 99.06 cm x 36.83 cm x 12.7 cm
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
ID Number
1989.0660.01
catalog number
1989.0660.01
accession number
1989.0660
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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