Six-string guitar by Gennaro Fabricatore

Object type
Presented by Mrs Jill Spencer, The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), The Britten-Pears Foundation and individual subscribers to an Appeal by the Royal Academy of Music, 1998
Spencer Collection
The one-piece back and both ribs are made from figured maple. The front is made from spruce with various stripes of purfling adorning the soundhole and outline, including around the end of the fingerboard above the soundhole. The neck, heel and head are veneered with ebony. The six pegs and the bridge are made from ebony.

The front is embellished with an intricate fabric of black mastic tendrils.
Date made
In his Method for the Spanish Guitar (English translation, 1832) Sor wrote of guitars like this one 'In the goodness of the body or box, the Neapolitan guitars in general long surpassed, in my opinion, those of France or Germany.'
woodwork, guitar
carved (woodwork)
maple, spruce, ebony, mastic
Object type
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (length)
length 950 mm
width 292 mm
Height 115 mm
string length 651 mm
Object No
Spencer, Robert HonRAM, guitarist and lutenist


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