Stromberg-Voisinet No. 49 Hawaiian guitar – U.S.A. – 1930


Acoustic Hollow Body Hawaiian guitar


V-shaped neckline, beach scene decoration on top

Spruce top, exotic hardwood back and sides

Mother of pearl fretboard


Stromberg-Voisinet was founded in 1921 and in the 1930s the name was changed to the Kay Musical Instrument Company. The company owes its fame not to the quality of its instruments which is average at best, but to the fact that it was one of the first electric guitars to be launched in 1928 as the Stromberg Electro. Stromberg-Voisinet should not be confused with Stromberg, the builders of superior archtop jazz guitars from the 1930s to 1960s.
After the birth of the pedal steel guitar in the 1940s, this type of instrument was known as the Hawaii guitar.
It was a actually a traditional steelstring parlor guitar. You could play it on your lap with a special raised saddle and a sliding steel bar. You could also play it in normal position in the Hawaiian ‘slack-key’ style.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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