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Century+ Old Bulgarian Guitar Photos

Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
edited April 2013 in Photos Posts: 1,002
I was picking up a guitar at my favorite guitar tech's place, and he told me he had something "very cool" to show me. It turned out to be a guitar from Bulgaria that is 100 years old give or take a few. It belonged to the grandfather of the current owner. It had American acoustic strings on it, so the sound wasn't the best, but I just fell in love with it at first site, and wanted to share the pics with you. I'm even betting that Frater probably knows what it is. The body shape reminds me of some of Orville Gibson's early guitars, and the butterfly theme was carried on by Claude Patenotte in his very Eastern Tzigane Model 260.

I'd be curious if anyone has ever seen anything like this before.
I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.

Comments

  • Archtop EddyArchtop Eddy Manitou Springs, ColoradoModerator
    Posts: 589
    Very nice guitar Michael, and you look good holding it! Looking at the neck, I guess that's one way to resolve the question about whether to have the fret dot on the 9th or 10th fret. AE
  • tarantogatarantoga
    Posts: 13
    Looks like a Kremona( not Cremona from the Chech Republic), for example Zarnica model. Actually poor made guitars. Just search at google " Кремона Зорница". Sorry, but the most info you will find is in Russian or Bulgarian. Good luck.
    http://www.kremona.com/
    http://mastergitar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=874
    http://sovietguitars.com/e107_plugins/f ... php?114134
    P.S. The guitar above is probably from the 50' or maybe late 40', but I'm not sure.
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,154
    tarantoga wrote:
    Looks like a Kremona( not Cremona from the Chech Republic), for example Zarnica model.

    Thanks for the link, you can see this model in one of the historical photos from the Kremona website:


    http://www.kremona.com/images/stories/b ... y/his2.jpg
  • Bob HoloBob Holo Moderator
    Posts: 1,252
    There's just no way you can gig a guitar like that without wearing a zoot suit and pomade.

    Sweet!

    ;-)
    You get one chance to enjoy this day, but if you're doing it right, that's enough.
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,858
    ...obviously an inspiration for the brand new Holo "Zoot Suit" model

    :wink:
    Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

    Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."

    Georges Braque: "In art there is only one thing that counts: the bit that can’t be explained."
  • What a neat find.
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc et.al. // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Napoli, Musicalia, Bucolo, Sanchez et. al.
    Posts: 603
    tarantoga wrote:
    Looks like a Kremona( not Cremona from the Chech Republic), for example Zarnica model. Actually poor made guitars. Just search at google " Кремона Зорница".

    Kremona Zornica seems to work better in google,
    including images of a cheap project recently sold on eBay
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