The Other Brands of Gibson

by Paul Fox
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From 1929 through 1961 Gibson, Inc. of Kalamazoo, MI produced over 30 brands of musical instruments that did not carry the Gibson name. Many of these brands may be familiar, with names such as Recording King, National and Washburn, while many others only a handful of avid Gibsonites will know: Werlein Leader, Grinnell, Truett, and many more. This is a complete guide to all of the other brands Gibson produced, complete with detailed descriptions, photos and rare examples of existing instruments from collectors around the world. If you're hoping to find that diamond in the rough, this guide will familiarize you with even the most obscure Gibson brands. Other makers include: Ambassador, Andy Sanella, B&S Barrington, Capital, Carson Robison, Charles McNeil, Cromwell, Fascinator, Francis, Day & Hunter (FDH), Hayden, Henry L. Mason, Kalamazoo, Kel Kroydon, Liberty, Marshall Special, Martelle, Mastertone Special, Mitchell Bros., Montgomery Ward, Old Kraftsman, Oriole, Paynes, Ray Whitley, Reznick Radio, Roy Smeck, S.S. Stewart, Studio King, Tex Star, Tone Crest, Trujo and Wards. Includes a 24 page color section with many photos from our own Dave Matchette. 124 pp.   More Details...

Brands Included:

  • Ambassador
  • Andy Sanella
  • B&S Barrington
  • Capital
  • Carson Robison
  • Charles Mcneil
  • Cromwell
  • Fascinator
  • Francis, Day & Hunter (FDH)
  • Grinnell
  • Hayden
  • Hayden
  • Henry L. Mason
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kel Kroydon
  • Liberty
  • Marshall Special
  • Martelle
  • Mastertone Special
  • Mitchell Bros.
  • Montgomery Ward
  • National
  • Old Kraftsman
  • Oriole
  • Paynes
  • Ray Whitley
  • Recording King
  • Reznick Radio
  • Roy Smeck
  • S.S. Stewart
  • Studio King
  • Tex Star
  • Tone Crest
  • Truett
  • Trujo
  • Wards
  • Washburn
  • Werlein Leader