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Feb 26, 2020 - 6:11:46 PM
5139 posts since 10/12/2009

Never, ever heard of a "Cromwell" economy line of instruments.

Also, sorry this isn't banjo-related....just Gibson-related (I think)

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:19:26 PM



602 posts since 6/6/2007

If I’m not mistaken, Gibson did make Cromwell guitars back in the Depression years.


Feb 26, 2020 - 6:21:07 PM

1474 posts since 11/17/2018

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:43:01 PM
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5139 posts since 10/12/2009

.......learn sumpthin' new every day.......

Thanjs guys !

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:31:39 PM



2559 posts since 2/20/2016

The Cromwell brand was a budget line made by Gibson from 1935 to 1938 or '39.

The bulk of Cromwell production consisted of flat top and arch top guitars. They also made mandolins, lap steels, a few electric guitars, and even a handful of electric mandolins. Most Cromwell instruments are similar to various Kalamazoo models.  The funky F style mandolin with heat-pressed top and "lump scroll" in the Cafe ad is a rare instrument.

A common characteristic of Cromwell instruments is a white stripe running down the center of the fingerboard.

Edited by - rcc56 on 02/26/2020 21:34:31

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