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Lap steel guitar (No. 1 Hawaiian guitar model)

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Body, neck, headstock, and nut constructed from one piece of cast aluminum. Lyre logo and elongated F-holes cast into body. Back of body and neck covered with brown felt. Tuning machines of nickel silver. Fingerboard of rosewood with fret markers of pearl dots and twenty-six frets of nickel...

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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


Guitar: length 94.5 cm, width 26.8 cm, depth 4.8 cm (Length 37 3/16 in., width 10 9/16 in., depth 1 7/8 in.) Amplifier: height 35.5 cm, width 38.4 cm, depth 23.4 cm (height 14 in., width 15 1/8 in., depth 9 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Aluminum, rosewood, plastic


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones