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Name of Instrument: guitar
Maker / Brand: Andreas Ott
Stearns Catalog #: 1089
Country of Origin: Prag. Bohemia
Region of Origin: Europe
Instrument Category: Chordophone
Date of Fabrication: 1659
Description: This six-string guitar was crafted in 1659 by Andreas Ott, a luthier in Prague—yet, Ott would not identify it as identical to the one he created. The modifications to this instrument reflect the evolution of the guitar type itself. A careful investigation reveals the presence of four addition pegholes leading to the conclusion that the original guitar featured ten strings in five double courses. This fine example—which includes inlaid ivory with paintings of cityscapes and a heavily decorated soundhole—is the oldest European guitar in the Stearns Collection. The Prague National Museum has a small violin, a fine guitar, and several cut-down violas made by Ott.
This instrument has a spruce table with a circular sound hole that has a four-layer “wedding cake” rosette. The sides have seven flat rosewood ribs separated by ebony strips; the arched back has fluted rosewood ribs (twenty-one at its widest point). The back of the neck is impeccably veneered with a checkerboard design of ivory-rosewood squares (each 3 mm square). The fingerboard has twelve frets—ten are ivory and two are ebony. The solid rosewood pegboard is angled back slightly and has six hand-carved, mismatched boxwood pegs that enter from the back (originally ten pegs).
Research: Dr. Bruce Mitchell Smith and Stearns Staff
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