D'Angelico Teardrop

Date:
1957
Creator:
John D'Angelico
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY

Throughout the 20th century, guitar makers have experimented with the archtop design, modifying the instrument in shape and size. The teardrop shape that John D'Angelico custom-created in this instrument is not only aesthetically striking but also increases the sound chamber of the body. The guitar's design is based on D'Angelico's New Yorker model, with the teardrop addition. During his career John D'Angelico built 1,164 guitars, and they are considered among the finest archtops ever made.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.009
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Stromberg Master 400

Date:
1954
Creator:
Chas. Stromberg and Son
Publisher/Studio:
Boston, MA

Stromberg guitars, all built by Charles's son Elmer, are known for their volume and were especially popular with jazz players from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. Freddy Green of Count Basie's orchestra and Fred Guy of Duke Ellington's orchestra both played this model, which was designed to be even wider than its rival, the Gibson Super 400. This particular instrument is an extremely rare Stromberg due to its single cutaway design.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.008
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Dobro Guitar

Date:
1940
Publisher/Studio:
Chicago, IL: Regal Musical Instrument Company

John Dopyera left the National String Instrument Corporation to form the Dobro (Dopyera Brothers) Corporation around 1928. The following year his company started manufacturing a new design of resonator guitar, usually with a wooden body and a single metal dish-shaped resonator. These instruments became particularly popular among country musicians like Bashful Brother Oswald of Roy Acuff's band. Around 1932 National and Dobro merged, and five years later Regal bought out the exclusive rights to manufacture Dobro guitars. Regal-made Dobros like this one all have metal bodies.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.007
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Gibson Super 400 Acoustic

Date:
1939
Publisher/Studio:
Kalamazoo, MI: Gibson Inc.

Gibson's top-of-the-line Super 400 acoustic model was introduced in late 1934. The largest archtop when launched, its size was further increased three years later to allow for even greater volume. The Super 400, along with certain D'Angelico, Epiphone, and Stromberg models, is considered one of the finest archtop guitars ever made.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.006
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

K&f Lap Steel With Amplifier

Date:
1945
Publisher/Studio:
Anaheim, CA: K&F Manufacturing Corporation

The K&F lap-steel was radio repairman Leo Fender's initial electric guitar design. He created it with "Doc" Kauffman, who had worked for Adolph Rickenbacker's Electro String Instrument Corporation. Completed around 1943, the first K&F had a solid oak body and mail-ordered fingerboard, and was originally intended to be played like a Spanish guitar. But Kauffman and Fender's Direct String Pickup, based on early phonograph pickups, proved better suited to the Hawaiian style. They applied for a patent on their pickup in 1944; it was granted four years later, after Kauffman had left the company.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.018
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Epiphone Emperor Electric

Date:
1948
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Epiphone, Inc.

The Emperor model was Epiphone's top-of-the-line archtop guitar, introduced in late 1936 to compete with the popular Gibson Super 400. The electric version's pickups are mounted onto the pick guard and suspended above the guitar body, allowing the top to resonate freely. Gibson bought out the Epiphone company in 1957, keeping the Emperor model as part of the guitar line but redesigning it as a thin-body guitar.

Location:
National Museum of American History Room 334, MRC 604 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 Washington DC , District of Columbia
Identifier:
0.019
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Forgotten Heroes

Date:
1993
Creator:
Cox, Clinton
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

The Civil War Infantryman

Date:
1996
Creator:
Coco, Gregory A.
Publisher/Studio:
Gettysburg, PA: Thomas Publications
Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Civil War Battle Flags Of The Union Army And Order Of Battle

Date:
1997
Creator:
McKeever, C.
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Knickerbocker Press
Description (physical):

Hardbound, 177 pp with col. ill., 10.5" x 12.5"

Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Melting Pot Soldiers

Date:
1998
Creator:
Burton, William L.
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Fordham University Press
Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier