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

Fender Stratocaster

Date:
1954
Publisher/Studio:
Fullerton, CA: Fender Electric Instrument Company

The Stratocaster is arguably the most successful and influential electric guitar ever produced. It is easily identified by its double cutaways, contoured body, and three pickups. It also features Fender's vibrato or tremolo system that allows players to raise or lower the pitch of the strings. In the hands of Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and many others, the "Strat" has become an American icon. Bearing serial number 0100, this particular instrument was probably the first Strat to be shipped for retail sale. It features the standard two-tone sunburst finish used on early Fender models.

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:
0.024
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History