Chet Atkin’s Haile Guitar

Chet Atkin’s Haile Guitar

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Hascal Haile of Tompkinsville, Kentucky made this guitar in 1972. Hascal "Hack" Haile (1906-1986) began making guitars professionally after retiring from furniture making in the late 1960s. He made guitars for many classical and country musicians and was considered to be among the world’s top makers of custom guitars. This six course (6x1) guitar has a top of Spanish pine, back and sides of Spanish cypress, and a maple neck. The guitar’s edge and soundhole is inlaid with abalone and ebony. Country musician, Chet Atkins previously owned and played this guitar and owned several Haile guitars throughout his career.
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Object Name
date made
Atkins, Chet
Haile, Hascal B.
place made
United States: Kentucky, Tompkinsville
overall: 41 in x 14 5/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 104.14 cm x 37.1475 cm x 10.795 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Hascal Haile
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