Gibson Harp Guitar

Description (Brief)
This harp guitar was made by the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1919. It is a sixteen course (6x1,10x1) Style U harp guitar with a spruce top, birch back and sides. The guitar is serial #56064 and bears the label: Patented Feb. 1 '98 [/] Patented March 30, '06 [/] Other Patents Pending [/] Gibson GUITAR Style U [/] Number 56064 is hereby [/] GUARANTEED [/] against faulty workmanship or material. Should [/] this instrument, with proper care and usage, go wrong, [/] we agree to repair it free of charge at our factory, or [/] to replace it with another of same style or value. [/] GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. [/] (MANUFACTURERS) [/] Kalamazoo, Mich., U.S.A.“ Gibson made four styles of harp guitars from about 1903 until the mid 1920s with the Style U being the most popular and the largest.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
guitar
date made
1919
maker
Gibson Co.
Measurements
overall: 47 1/2 in x 19 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 120.65 cm x 48.5775 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
ID Number
MI*78.04
accession number
1978.0845
catalog number
78.04
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
Credit Line
Gift of Edith M. Lawall

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