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NMM 6190.  Electric lap steel guitar by Semie Moseley, Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, 1984.
Ex coll.: Barbara Mandrell.  Board of Trustees, 1998.

NMM 6190.  Electric lap steel guitar by Moseley, Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, 1984. NMM 6190.  Electric lap steel guitar by Moseley, Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, 1984. NMM 6190.  Electric lap steel guitar by Moseley, Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, 1984.

In 1984, Barbara Mandrell was in a car crash that left her severely injured. Moseley, Mandrellís close friend, devised a creative get-well gift; an electric lap-steel guitar built as a functional crutch and finished in a bright blue metallic lacquer. When Moseley delivered the instrument, he fitted the instrument to her height in Mandrellís husbandís basement workshop. On the back, Moseley dedicated it to her with an inscription, Barbara! With God / You Will Make it / Jesus Loves You / and I Love You / Semie 1984. Not only was she touched by the gift, but she also wrote that "It plays great, too!"

Letter written about crutch guitar by Barbara Mandrell

Click on image above to see an enlargement of Barbara Mandrell's letter that documents the story of her crutch guitar.



Semie Moseley poses with Ken Dudney (Barbara Mandrell's husband) in Dudney's basement workshop where Moseley customized the length of the guitar to fit the 5'2"musician.

Semie Moseley and Ken Dudney

Fretboard and Engraved Dedication Plaque

Fretboard of crutch guitar


Brass plaque with Moseley's dedication to Mandrell


Details of the Tuners, Power Controls, and Pickup

Tuners and pickup Volume and power control

Detail of pickup

The power controls are located at the side of the crutch.  The pickup casing is labelled: M [in a circle] mosrite® / OF CALIFORNIA.


Literature:  Darcy Kuronen, Dangerous Curves:  The Art of The Guitar (Boston:  Museum of Fine Arts, 2000), pp. 194, 223.

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