2-String Primitive Guitar. From the New England area. Builder unknown
A close up of the body.
The tailpiece was fashioned from an old horse tack
The unusual soundhole
The frets are hammered metal that has been bent around the neck. There is no glue or nails to hold them in place.
The crudely carved headstock
Hand whittled tuning pegs.
The body and neck were fashioned from one piece of wood. The body was then scooped out and a plank nailed to the top as a soundboard.
Note the wear marks on the face of the guitar. The owner played it a lot!
The primitive plastic plectrum came with the guitar.
A close up detail of the frets and fretboard
A closeup of the tailpiece
Looking inside the soundhole.