Preston English Guitar

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Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by John Preston of London, England around 1760-1770. It is a six course (4x2, 2x1) guitar with a spruce top, figured maple back and sides, and tortoiseshell veneered oak fingerboard and four holes for the capotasto or “moving-bridge.” The guitar has a watch-key tuning device which was better suited to the guitar’s short metal strings. English guitars received great popularity with amateur musicians in Great Britain from about 1750 to 1810.
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Date made
Preston, John
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
overall: 27 3/8 in x 11 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 69.5325 cm x 29.21 cm x 11.43 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History