American Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by an unknown maker in the United States in 1854. It is a six course (6x1) guitar with a spruce top and rosewood back and sides. This guitar was submitted for patent by William B. Tilton in 1854. The patent is for a device which is attached at the foot of the guitar to stretch the strings for improved sound production (U.S. Patent #10380).
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United States
overall: 36 in x 11 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 91.44 cm x 29.21 cm x 10.795 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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