The sound of a modern x-braced guitar is far away from the guitar sound you can hear on many Pre-WW II era blues recordings. Of course, many different types of guitars were used to play the old, rural blues, but the predominant instruments during the 1920's and 1930's were Stellas. Before Harmony took over the brand name Stella, Stella guitars were produced by the Oscar Schmidt Instrument Company in Jersey City.
The OS Company sold their instruments in many rural parts of the southern United States, making them available in general, small town furniture stores and even gas stations. Availability, affordable price and equally important, superior tone and volume made the Stella guitar to the instrument of choice for many bluesmen.
Today it is very hard to find playable examples of Oscar Schmidt made guitars. It is much easier to find old Martins and Gibsons. Our passion is to find and restore this beautiful old instruments and bring them back to life. We always try to offer some nice examples for sale and so bring them back into the hands of todays players.
- In February 2016 started a new column called "The guitar of the month "
as a part of the "Stellas and Blues" section. The first one is a great 12-string Stella, which is for sale too.
A123: 1920s Stella 12- string grand concert
- Neil Harpe's Stella guitar book is availble now. 100 pages full of informations about Oscar Schmidt
instruments. A lot of colored pictures of Stella guitars. A 20 track audio CD is included. Each track is played on a different Stella. Photos of the guitars played on the CD can all be found in
the book. A must for the vintage guitar enthusiast, the Stella and Blues fans. Foreword is written by Stefan Grossman.
Sorry: The "Stella Guitar Book" is sold out and no longer available.