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22 February 2014 John Fahey American Primitive Blues Music History


Stella Gambler Concert Guitar, circa 1928Highly sought after Stella model #5024 in excellent crack-free condition. All solid birch. Early example with two different types of decals; two of which depict the four card suites and the third depicts the King of Hearts. When they found this guitar, they were told that many years ago this guitar’s original owner had for religious reasons carefully removed those "Sinful gamblers decals"  in order to play it in church. Aside from the missing decals, the guitar was in exceptional original condition, so they replaced the missing decals and over-sprayed the top. This guitar is very responsive, with action that is exceptionally close and easy. It feels almost like playing a Fender Strat or the like! It has a loud, balanced sound perfect for finger-picking the blues or ragtime! Comes with custom high-tech feather light hard-shell case.
Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

Stella Gambler Concert Guitar, circa 1928
Highly sought after Stella model #5024 in excellent crack-free condition. All solid birch. Early example with two different types of decals; two of which depict the four card suites and the third depicts the King of Hearts. When they found this guitar, they were told that many years ago this guitar’s original owner had for religious reasons carefully removed those "Sinful gamblers decals"  in order to play it in church. Aside from the missing decals, the guitar was in exceptional original condition, so they replaced the missing decals and over-sprayed the top. This guitar is very responsive, with action that is exceptionally close and easy. It feels almost like playing a Fender Strat or the like! It has a loud, balanced sound perfect for finger-picking the blues or ragtime! Comes with custom high-tech feather light hard-shell case.

Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

18 February 2014 Stella Guitars History


Favilla Brothers Orchestra Model Guitar, circa 1930An extremely rare guitar! Made for Friedman’s Music, Newark, N.J. by Favilla Brothers, New York, N.Y., this is essentially a copy of a Martin OM-18; having the same body shape and dimensions. It originally came equipped with geared banjo tuning machines and sported a small teardrop pickguard like a Martin OM-18. It differs from a Martin OM in several ways. Most notably in the way the top is braced, having modified fan bracing pattern rather than the Martin’s x-bracing. It also has a slightly longer 25 7/8” scale and a nut width of 1 11/16” rather than the Martin’s 1 3/4” nut width. Adirondack spruce top, mahogany sides and back, ebony bridge and fingerboard.
Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

Favilla Brothers Orchestra Model Guitar, circa 1930
An extremely rare guitar! Made for Friedman’s Music, Newark, N.J. by Favilla Brothers, New York, N.Y., this is essentially a copy of a Martin OM-18; having the same body shape and dimensions. It originally came equipped with geared banjo tuning machines and sported a small teardrop pickguard like a Martin OM-18. It differs from a Martin OM in several ways. Most notably in the way the top is braced, having modified fan bracing pattern rather than the Martin’s x-bracing. It also has a slightly longer 25 7/8” scale and a nut width of 1 11/16” rather than the Martin’s 1 3/4” nut width. Adirondack spruce top, mahogany sides and back, ebony bridge and fingerboard.

Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

19 January 2014 Favilla Brothers Guitars History


Duane Allman - St. Duaneby Flournoy Holmes (2000)Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971)

Duane Allman - St. Duane
by Flournoy Holmes (2000)

Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971)

29 October 2013 Duane Allman blues music history


Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990)

Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990)

3 October 2013 Stevie Ray Vaughan blues music history


Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969)

Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James
(June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969)

3 October 2013 Skip James blues music history


Fancy Stella Decalcomania Concert guitar, circa 1912This very rare and ornate model has a spruce top, birch sides and back. Bound top with wood purfling. Fancy decal designs on both fretboard and top. The only mention we have come across was in the  1912 C. Bruno & Son Catalog. This example has a paper B&J label inside that reads: Guaranteed American Make, LESTER, Perfect Scale, B & J, New York”. Obviously the two big New York wholesale distributors were both offering this model in the early 20th century. Several repaired and cleated back cracks, no cracks in top or sides. The original neck had a severely fractured headstock. Luckily, Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments had a matching original Stella neck in their parts bin, and had Mike Hauver swap necks and transplant the original fingerboard. Has original end-opening Canvas covered chipboard case. Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

Fancy Stella Decalcomania Concert guitar, circa 1912
This very rare and ornate model has a spruce top, birch sides and back. Bound top with wood purfling. Fancy decal designs on both fretboard and top. The only mention we have come across was in the 1912 C. Bruno & Son Catalog. This example has a paper B&J label inside that reads: Guaranteed American Make, LESTER, Perfect Scale, B & J, New York”. Obviously the two big New York wholesale distributors were both offering this model in the early 20th century. Several repaired and cleated back cracks, no cracks in top or sides. The original neck had a severely fractured headstock. Luckily, Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments had a matching original Stella neck in their parts bin, and had Mike Hauver swap necks and transplant the original fingerboard. Has original end-opening Canvas covered chipboard case.

Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

25 June 2013 Stella Guitars history


Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938)

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938)

9 May 2013 Robert Johnson blues music history


Alvin Lee (December 19, 1944 - March 6, 2013)

Alvin Lee (December 19, 1944 - March 6, 2013)

7 March 2013 Alvin Lee blues music history


23 February 2013 John Fahey American Primitive Blues music history


Oscar Schmidt Hawaiian Guitar, 1920sStandard size, all solid Hawaiian koa wood. Original green paper label reads: “Hawaiian Guitar by Oscar Schmidt”. Set up for Spanish style playing with recent neck reset. Several cleated top cracks. All original finish with no over-spray.
Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

Oscar Schmidt Hawaiian Guitar, 1920s
Standard size, all solid Hawaiian koa wood. Original green paper label reads: “Hawaiian Guitar by Oscar Schmidt”. Set up for Spanish style playing with recent neck reset. Several cleated top cracks. All original finish with no over-spray.

Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

9 January 2013 Oscar Schmidt Guitars history


Stella Decalcomania Concert Guitar, circa 1910Small pre-1920 Headstock logo. All birch construction, several repaired top cracks, one repaired side crack near heel, all professionally repaired and cleated. Recent neck reset. This is a rare early model in excellent playing condition.
Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

Stella Decalcomania Concert Guitar, circa 1910
Small pre-1920 Headstock logo. All birch construction, several repaired top cracks, one repaired side crack near heel, all professionally repaired and cleated. Recent neck reset. This is a rare early model in excellent playing condition.

Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments

9 January 2013 Stella Guitars history


Stella Baritone Ukulele, 1920sThis is the first baritone ukulele that Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments has come across and it’s fairly rare! It has spruce top with fancy wood purfling and rosette. Top is crack-free, back has one very small hairline crack. Pearloid fretboard with fancy stamped position designs.  Original finish has no touch-ups or over-spray. Original tuners work great! No case.

Stella Baritone Ukulele, 1920s
This is the first baritone ukulele that Stella Guitars & Other Oscar Schmidt Instruments has come across and it’s fairly rare! It has spruce top with fancy wood purfling and rosette. Top is crack-free, back has one very small hairline crack. Pearloid fretboard with fancy stamped position designs.  Original finish has no touch-ups or over-spray. Original tuners work great! No case.

24 December 2012 Stella Guitars history


Stella Concert Guitar, circa 1935Very good condition all birch model. This is only the second Stella guitar seen with a bevel edged top. Gold leaf rosette. New bone saddle, recent neck reset. Headstock “Stella” logo is barely visible, but still there. Comes with original chipboard case.

Stella Concert Guitar, circa 1935
Very good condition all birch model. This is only the second Stella guitar seen with a bevel edged top. Gold leaf rosette. New bone saddle, recent neck reset. Headstock “Stella” logo is barely visible, but still there. Comes with original chipboard case.

24 December 2012 Stella Guitars history


"National Academy" Concert Guitar by Oscar Schmidt, circa 1930Excellent original condition. Sunburst  finish spruce top, birch sides and back. No cracks or playing wear!  New bone saddle, otherwise all original. Colorful inlaid wood purfling and rosette. Recent neck reset. Comes with original chipboard case.

"National Academy" Concert Guitar by Oscar Schmidt, circa 1930
Excellent original condition. Sunburst  finish spruce top, birch sides and back. No cracks or playing wear!  New bone saddle, otherwise all original. Colorful inlaid wood purfling and rosette. Recent neck reset. Comes with original chipboard case.

24 December 2012 National Academy Guitars history