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Created by:
Felton W. Williams Jr., American, 1934 - 2012  Search this
wood, alloy steel, metal, brass, aluminum alloy, and plastic
L x W (Guitar): 38 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (97.8 x 28.6 x 8.6 cm)
L x W (Case): 42 1/2 x 17 x 4 3/4 in. (108 x 43.2 x 12.1 cm)
L x W (Legs retracted): 25 × 1 5/8 × 1 in. (63.5 × 4.1 × 2.5 cm)
steel guitars
Place made:
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1963
A console steel guitar consisting of a wood base with two (2) seven-string assemblies attached, the rear mounted higher than the front. There are four (4) steel tube legs that attach to the bottom of the guitar, forming a console. Between the string assemblies are power and sound controls mounted to aluminum plates. The guitar is packed in a black, vinyl-covered case with steel corners.
African American  Search this
Gospel (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Gift of Felton W. Williams, Jr.
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Musical Instruments
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture