Gibson Electric Lap Steel Guitar

Description (Brief)
The Gibson Guitar Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan manufactured this electric lap steel guitar from 1947 to 1959. This BR-9 model electric guitar was produced for beginners and includes fingerboard markers for ease of locating any position. This six course (6 x 1) guitar has a solid wood body, beige finish with Cremona Brown trim, combination hand rest and unit cover, and tone and volume controls. In a 1959 Gibson catalog, the BR-9 guitar sold for $75.00 or $165.25 for the complete outfit including the guitar, case, and GA-9 amplifier.
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Date made
Gibson Co.
overall: 32 in x 8 in x 3 in; 81.28 cm x 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm
guitar: 32 1/4 in x 8 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 81.915 cm x 20.6375 cm x 6.985 cm
case: 33 in x 10 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in; 83.82 cm x 26.67 cm x 9.2075 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
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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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