The Birthplace of the Modern Archtop Guitar, Presented by the National Museum of American History

Fine archtops, as perfected by masters like John D'Angelico, represented a wholly unique artform within the wide realm of guitar styles. These instruments are cherished for their legendary tone and stunning appearance, and represent their makers' uniquely New York experience. Take a look at the video above for an examination of the origins and history of the archtop guitar as explained by guitar historian Rudy Pensa and world-renowned archtop builder, John Monteleone.

Thanks to our friends at the National Museum of American History for sharing this video with us.

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