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Steve DeRosa 07-22-2020 10:11 PM

The Stromberg name is back - again...
 
Looks like they've gone over from Korean to European manufacture:

http://stromberguitars.com/

Anybody heard/played/know where to find one...?

Richard Mott 07-23-2020 06:58 AM

Hi Steve—I was in the Netherlands in early October 2018, so nearly two years ago, and met up with Theo Scharpach who told me about this project. It sounded great—I recall the Stromberg estate may have let them take measurements off some of the classic Stromberg archtops. I believe they had hoped to have something ready to show at NAMM this year, but as is often the case there must have been delays. At any rate, it is wonderful to see their effort come to fruition! And unfortunately I don’t know where they are available to see/hear, but I will try to find out. —Richard

MC5C 07-23-2020 07:27 AM

So far the website seems to imply they are all thin-line laminated bodies, they do look nice. Do you know where the factory is? Europe has a long history of excellent guitar making.

Steve DeRosa 07-23-2020 07:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Mott (Post 6445976)
Hi Steve—I was in the Netherlands in early October 2018, so nearly two years ago, and met up with Theo Scharpach who told me about this project. It sounded great—I recall the Stromberg estate may have let them take measurements off some of the classic Stromberg archtops...

If Theo Scharpach is involved things could get real interesting in short order - possibly a new Master 300/400...?

Richard Mott 07-23-2020 11:36 AM

Theo confirms he is still involved and at least the true carved archtop instruments are drawn from the original Strombergs. But predictably at a higher price point than the earlier ones. Here’s betting they are excellent instruments!

Loren Tilley 08-01-2020 06:19 PM

If I were looking for a Stromberg style guitar, I would look at AJL guitars

Richard Mott 08-02-2020 08:48 AM

Hi Loren—Just looked at those AJL archtops, very nice looking indeed! Not a name I was familiar with, but great looking instruments. —Richard

Silly Moustache 08-02-2020 09:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Mott (Post 6456171)
Hi Loren—Just looked at those AJL archtops, very nice looking indeed! Not a name I was familiar with, but great looking instruments. —Richard

Me too, hadn't heard of them ..... in Finland!

Steve DeRosa 08-08-2020 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Loren Tilley (Post 6455653)
If I were looking for a Stromberg style guitar, I would look at AJL guitars

https://www.ajl-guitars.com/guitar-3...master_400.php

Richard Mott 08-08-2020 05:02 PM

Ranger Doug! That 19” design is huge! Single transverse brace. Like no other.

mefoolonhill 08-11-2020 03:21 PM

AJL Guitars
 
I've seen two of them, absolutely first rate. But am not sure I could handle a 19-inch body without getting armpit rash!

OKCtodd71 08-17-2020 04:39 PM

But rest assured that Stromberg guitars are not coming back.
My sister in law is a very talented painter, perhaps I'll buy the rights to the names Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer and show the world some of their new works.:rolleyes:

MC5C 08-19-2020 05:09 AM

OKCtodd71, I'm with you. It's one thing to buy a name like Gibson, Harmony, Kent, Dobro - all factories that have had many owners - and "recreate" or "restart" the production line. I have few issues with that. My problem is with taking the name and namesake of a person, a single builder, like D'Angelico or Stromberg. Stromberg was mostly two people, father and son, produced less than 650 instruments, and the company died when they died. For me, start a new name for your new guitars.

Richard Mott 08-19-2020 06:37 AM

I’m less sure about this. I think when you make a formal arrangement with the Stromberg estate to use the name, and you take exacting measurements from their historic instruments and have highly skilled luthiers recreate them, in key respects it becomes a legacy production, certainly with as much continuity as bigger shops like Gibson or Fender, etc., which change owners and builders over time. Others may disagree, or at least not wish to equate the new instruments with the old—which is fair—but equally there is a lot more going on than simply slapping a name on an unrelated instrument.

jaymen 07-19-2021 12:30 PM

Saw the newer Strombergs, very nice. Interesting to see the new models (thinline) I was unaware that Stromberg ever made these back in their heyday.

I wish they offered them without the relic finishes. If I'm paying for a new guitar, I want it to look new. I'll put the wear and tear on it myself, thank you!

Jay

Steve DeRosa 07-19-2021 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by jaymen (Post 6767655)
Saw the newer Strombergs, very nice. Interesting to see the new models (thinline). I was unaware that Stromberg ever made these back in their heyday...

They didn't per se, but they did produce a few short-scale G-5 cutaways that would, at the urging of guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, form the basis for the iconic Gibson Byrdland - here's an example:

https://www.archtop.com/PageMill_Res...%204/52G5_.jpghttps://www.archtop.com/PageMill_Res...04/52G5_cs.jpg

https://www.archtop.com/ac_52G5_1220.html

Charlie Ayers 07-20-2021 04:47 PM

Looks like Fareed Haque has been playing one.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT9eonhqPtY

Steve DeRosa 07-20-2021 06:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Charlie Ayers (Post 6768615)
Looks like Fareed Haque has been playing one....

That's one of the Korean versions from about 10 years ago - but for the headstock and tailpiece (and the elevated price tag) it could be an Epiphone Joe Pass or Swinger...


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