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Early 1920s Vintage Stella Oscar Schmidt era "Decalomania" Parlor Acoustic


Some people cherish guitars that have stunning abalone inlays or highly figured cocobolo and some people cherish guitars that have super cool old decals, checkerboard wood binding, or having their frets hand numbered in the wrong position right out of the factory. This guitar is for the latter.

      This Stella branded vintage parlor sized guitar was made in the Oscar Schmidt factory. Judging by the building and aesthetic details we believe this instrument to have been made during the early to mid 1920s.  This 12-fret beauty is constructed out of birch, has the old style under-script Stella logo, and has a funky, yet beautiful decaled rosette and back stripe and is why collectors refer to these as the decalomania era guitars. Cosmetically the guitar shows signs of its age with various nicks and dings, but nothing major. We this old ladder braced guitar to be all original and has a wonderful old blues style sound found on the earliest recordings of blues and folk music of the 1920s and 30s. Purchase of this guitar includes a vintage style chipboard case. Please contact us with any questions you might have.