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Serial number 623. Tony and Bonnie Vinatieri Acquisitions Fund, 2008.
Inscriptions: Printed on paper label, the instrument and serial number written in pencil: VIVI-TONE Guitar / No. 623 / Manufactured under one or more of / the following patents: / 1,992,317 2,025,875 / 1,995,316 2,046,331 / 1,995,317 2,046,332 / 2,020,842 2,046,333 / 2,020,557 / Manufactured By / THE VIVI TONE COMPANY / 6321 Gratiot Detroit, Mich.
Spray painted in black ink on head, the word "Tone" vertically aligned: VIVI- / TONE
Stamp on tuner plates: GROVER
Stamp on end of tailpiece: GROVER / PAT.APPL’D FOR [sic]
Soundboard: two-piece spruce: medium grain.
Back: two-piece spruce: medium grain broadening toward the flanks; slightly arched; two f-holes; recessed 11 mm from edge of ribs.
Ribs: 6-ply maple plywood with fibrous veneer on inside and outside.
Bridge: maple with mahogany veneer on each face, hollowed to contain coils and magnet, the vibrations transferred to pickup through nickel-plated brass, height-adjustable saddle.
Tailpiece: nickel-plated, trapeze style, the string holder with ridged surface, screwed to lower rib with three nickel-plated steel, dome-headed screws.
Endpin: white plastic; extends through tailpiece.
Soundholes: two holes on top; two f-holes on back.
Pick guard: imitation tortoise-shell plastic raised on wood brace affixed to top with two steel, dome-headed screws.
Lacquer: dark orange-brown sunburst.
Head: mahogany with mahogany center stripe, veneered with white celluloid on front face; integral with neck.
Pegs: six nickel-plated steel, worm-gear machine tuners by Grover with convex head surfaces and decoratively cut plate outline.
Neck: mahogany with mahogany center stripe; integral with head.
Fingerboard: suspended over top; ebony bound in white celluloid; 20 nickel-silver high frets; single abalone dots behind 5th, 7th, 9th, and 15th frets; double mother-of-pearl dots behind 12th fret.
Heel cap: white celluloid.
Binding: white celluloid.
Pick-up Connection at Bridge
Pickup: Strings rest on saddle, through which the vibrations are transferred to a bar-armature. The bar armature is mounted so that it is suspended slightly above two rods extending from the ends of a strong bar magnet, probably ALNICO. Each pole piece is enclosed in a coil.
Total guitar length: 985 mm (38-25/32″)