1930 Stromberg-Viosinet Guitar
"This solid-mahogany bodied, ladder-braced, slightly-smaller-than "O" sized guitar was a mainstay of the company's guitar lineup from the mid-20s through the 30s. While I assume many were used for Hawaiian-style lap "steel" play (this one, too -- as it had the "number" learning system from the era written at each fret position) these are really put to best use as regular "Spanish" style guitars.
The necks on these are v-shaped, 1 3/4" at the nut and have flat-profile fretboards -- but unlike other company makes (Regal in particular) the v-shaped neck is much nicer on the hands for extended play, especially if you're playing chords up and down the neck.
This model has a poplar rather than mahogany neck with a regular "slotted" headstock instead of the more-often seen gumby, half-slotted headstock. It also has a plain-style dyed-maple fretboard instead of the more usual pearloid one and is less fancy in some ways (less binding) but fancier in others (fun screw-on pickguard).
Work on this instrument included this new rosewood bridge, crack repair to the bass side as well as a fret dress and full setup. The bridge pins (dyed hardwood with MOP dots) are all original save one, which is an identical same period match from my parts bin.This decal is in spectacular shape compared to a lot of these. Note the sailboat above the treble bridge wing and the lighthouse above the bass bridge wing.
Original bone nut. Lubed the tuners and they function perfectly.
Brass frets, MOP dots... dead straight neck. Action is just as perfect as you can ask for an old 12 fretter with a flat board -- 3/32" from fret at the 12th.
This screw-on pickguard is more typical of '30s Kays and I'm guessing it was original factory hardware as it looks the part. Note the cool marquetry inlaid rosette and top purfling.
Here's that bridge. I like this wide, thin style of repro bridge -- they're new old stock West German bridges I get off of eBay and compared to other belly-bridges available on the market these look much more natural with old Harmony, Kay, and Regal makes from the '20s and '30s. Despite the fact that many of these guitars used straight, rectangular bridges, I feel that belly bridges are a good safe addition when an original bridge is damaged or missing as they really do help to stabilize a ladder-braced top from warping and excessive pull from steel strings.
Here is the crack that has been since repaired. It's been stable for a number of years now.
Check this out. All inlaid.
Solid mahogany back.