Guitar, The Rawlins, 1700

Antonio Stradivari (Italian, 1644–1737)
Guitar, The Rawlins, 1700
Spruce, maple, ebony; 10 7/16 x 3 11/16 x 35 15/16 in. (26.5 x 9.3 x 91.3 cm)
National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion

The Rawlins is one of four known surviving guitars made by the famous Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari. These instruments are unusual among extant Baroque guitars because of their lack of decoration, but they are probably more typical of the guitars created at the time. Stradivari used the same woods for his guitars—spruce for the top and maple for the sides and back—as he did for his violins. His guitars are the oldest surviving examples using these woods, which are standard for modern archtop guitars and mandolins.

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National Music Museum: “The Rawlins” Stradivari Guitar, 1700