1936 Cromwell G4
Posted on August 08 2019
The Great Depression called for change in business practices for many U.S. companies including the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company. Expensive, top of the line instruments were out of the reach of most that would like to have them. Gibson began producing a budget line of instruments that were of good quality but less adorned. They called the line Kalamazoo but were soon producing instruments with other brand names including Carson J. Robison, Oriole, Recording King, Capitol, Kel Kroydon, Cromwell, and many others. The Cromwell brand included the G4 archtop guitar which was a 16" archtop guitar with a solid Spruce top and solid Mahogany back and sides. It featured a distinctive white celluloid stripe down the center of the fretboard. This Kalamazoo made 1936 Cromwell G4 archtop was distributed by the Continental Music Company in Chicago, IL and has survived in wonderful original condition. It's set up to play nicely and includes the original tuners, pickguard and Challenge chip board case. The lacquer is soft and unfaded from temperature change and exposure to light. It appears that it has spent most of its 79 years tucked away safely in the case. Please view the 40+ high resolution pictures of this pristine Gibson made archtop guitar. The guitar has been wonderfully preserved throughout its lifetime. It's ready to go in a collection, in the studio or on stage. Call the number at the top of your screen or use the contact form on the right to speak with me directly about this clean 1936 Cromwell G4 archtop guitar.