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Harp guitar (style U)

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Two-piece arched back and ribs of birch. Arched belly of fine-grain spruce. Back, belly, fingerboard, and soundhole bound with white plastic. Soundhole encircled with purfling and diamond pattern. Neck, headstock, diapason string extension, and support column of mahogany. Face of headstock...

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Inlaid on headstock: The/ Gibson; printed label: … Gibson HARP-GUITAR Style U / Number [handwritten: 55511] is hereby / GUARANTEED … GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO. / (Manufacturers) / Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S.A.; On tailpiece: PAT. APPLIED FOR On pickguard: PAT MAR 30 '09


Before 1977, Eldon Stutzman, Rochester, New York; 1977, by inheritance to his son, David Stutzman, Rochester, New York; 2000, sold by Stutzman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously


Object Place

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


Length 90.7 cm, width 29.6 cm (Length 35 11/16 in., width 11 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones