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Lap steel guitar (Ultratone model)

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Body, neck, and headstock constructed from one piece of maple painted cream white. Access panel on back of hardboard painted black. Tuning machines of nickel silver with knobs of coral-colored plastic. Fingerboard of lucite, back-painted silver, with gold and coral colored dot fret markers....

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Inscribed on cover plates: Gibson [and] ULTRATONE


About 1990, sold by Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, Tennessee, to Walter Carter, Nashville, Tennessee; 2001, sold by Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2001)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Gibson Guitar Corporation

about 1949

Object Place

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


Length 83 cm, width 20.5 cm, depth 4.7 cm (Length 32 11/16 in., width 8 1/16 in., depth 1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, plastic, steel


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones