Preston English Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by John Preston of London, England around 1775-1799. It is a six course (4x2, 2x1) English guitar with a spruce top and figured maple back and sides. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
english guitar
Date made
Preston, John
overall: 27 1/8 in x 11 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 68.8975 cm x 29.21 cm x 9.525 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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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