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Arch-top guitar (style O Artist)

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Two-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of fine- to medium-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole edged with binding of white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling in diamond pattern. Neck and headstock of mahogany; back and face of headstock ebonized. Face of...

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Late 1980s, sold by Mr. Babitz, New York, to Fred Oster, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 2001, sold by Oster to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2001)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Gibson Guitar Corporation

about 1918

Object Place

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


Length 97 cm, width 40.9 cm (Length 38 3/16 in., width 16 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Birch, spruce, mahogany, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, plastic, steel, copper, nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones