between 1841 and 1851, Manufacturer: Johann Anton Stauffer




In addition to six strings running over the usual fretted fingerboard, this contraguitar has seven bass strings led over a fingerboard without frets. These bass strings are tuned in diatonic steps. The contraguitar was mainly played in Viennese light music of the 19th century, where it functioned as a bass- and chords-instrument. For strengthening the statics of the instrument a metal rod is located in the middle of the corpus. (bd)

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name



Austria, Vienna


between 1841 and 1851

Dimensions Cover size is a museum or exhibition-specific information. It does not specify the real dimensions of the musical instrument.

1045 mm x 355 mm x 85 mm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 1059

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