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The Rawlins Stradivari Guitar, 1700

Stradivari guitar

NMM 3976. Guitar, The Rawlins, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1700. The Rawlins guitar is one of four documented guitars made by the famous Italian craftsman known to survive. The others are preserved in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University in England; the Musée de la Musique in Paris; and in a private Italian collection. The Rawlins has five double strings, typical of the 17th century, rather than the six single strings found on modern guitars. It is also smaller than today's instruments. Ex coll.: Louis Krasner, Boston.   Rawlins Fund, 1985.

Stradivari's signature on guitar's peghead

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Front, Side, and Back Views


Front of Stradivari guitar Treble side of Stradivari guitar Bass side of Stradivari guitar Back of Stradivari guitar

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Rose

Guitar's rose

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Views of the Peghead

Front of peghead Bass side of peghead Treble side of peghead Back of peghead

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Close-up of pegs

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Poster of the Stradivari guitar available from Gift Shop

Postcard of the Stradivari guitar available from Gift Shop

Technical Drawing of the Stradivari guitar available from Gift Shop


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Mandolin, The Cutler-Challen, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1680

Violin, The Harrison, by Stradivari, Cremona, 1693

Bass Viola da Gamba, Stradivari Workshop, Cremona, ca. 1730 (Violoncello Conversion ca. 1835-1850)

Checklists

Checklist of Bowed Stringed Instruments Made Before 1800

Checklist of 16th- and 17th-Century Instruments

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