Gibson Martelle Deluxe Western guitar – U.S.A. – 1934

Gibson Martelle Deluxe Western guitar - 1934 - The Guitar Database


Acoustic Hollow Body Western guitar


Spruce top, mahogany back and sides

Rosewood fretboard


Gibson adapted to the Great Depression by making budget versions of his expensive guitar series. In this way, the production line was maintained and the demand for lower-priced instruments was met. The company also sold bodies to other companies such as National and set up distribution deals with mail order companies, who immediately provided the instruments with a different brand.
This Gibson Martelle Deluxe is an example of such a label, which was probably designed for Charles Martelle, the co-owner of the Kalamazoo Musical Instrument Company. The guitar is a version of the Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe-model, a Hawaii guitar. The Martelle Deluxe was identical to the Gibson model with the exception that the trussrod could not be adjusted.
Other brands included Kel Kroyden, which sold guitars, banjos, and A-Style mandolins produced by Kalamazoo, and Recording King, which sold Ray Whitley models for less than half the price of a similar Gibson J-55.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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