Vinaccia Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by Gaetano Vinaccia of Naples, Italy in 1779. The Vinaccia family were violin and mandolin makers in Naples from the mid-18th century to the late 19th. Later generations, including Gaetano Vinaccia, made mostly mandolins and guitars. This is a six course (6x1) pear-shaped guitar with a cypress back and sides. The label inside the guitar reads: “Gajetanus Vinaccia [/] Fecit Neapoli Strada Rua Catalana [/] Num. 85 Anno 1779.”
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Object Name
date made
Vinaccia, Gaetano
overall: 36 1/4 in x 12 5/8 in x 4 in; 92.075 cm x 32.0675 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
Italia: Campania, Naples
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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