Preston English Guitar

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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
guitar
english guitar
Date made
1760-1770
maker
Preston, John
Measurements
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
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MI*095325
accession number
26512
catalog number
095325
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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