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Amplifier (No. 1 Hawaiian guitar model)

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Round body, neck, open headstock, and nut of one piece cast aluminum painted brown with faux wood grain, accented by gold paint in recesses of body. Lyre logo and elongated f-holes cast into body. Back of body and neck covered with brown felt. Fingerboard of rosewood with twenty-six frets of...

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Cast into body: DOBRO; stamped on back of headstock: A252; inscribed inside amplifier: National / Dobro Amplifier / SER. NO. 5090 MODEL 13-16 / …


1936, sold by Roger Morse, Brockton, Massachusetts, to his student, William E. Metta (b. 1915), Massachusetts; 2000, sold by Metta to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Bradford M. and Dorothea R. Endicott

about 1936

Object Place

Los Angeles, California, United States


Overall length: 945 mm (37 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Aluminum, rosewood, plastic


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones