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Stromberg Newport Guitar

Time has proven that, in the realm of guitar history, the name Stromberg is worth something. Larry Davis thought so at any rate. He basically bought the right to use the name and has begun selling a line of guitars in the $1,200 range. From here I can hear the boiling blood of everyone familiar with old Strombergs. That’s fair. The vintage Strombergs-most notably the Master 400-are legendary, highly collectible, and, in most cases, one-of-a-kind instruments. When Davis acquired the Stromberg name, he bought himself the opportunity to pull a George Lucas-bring something old and sacred back from the past and drag its good name through the dirt. No jazz player wants to see that happen to Stromberg. And what about the part where I tell you that Davis’ new Strombergs are made in Korea?

Larry Davis works for WD Music Products, which sells guitar parts. He tricked- out these new Strombergs with hardware he knows to be good. He even gets the offshore factory to build them with spruce tops. And when they come to America from Korea, the new guitars are, according to Davis, more or less taken apart and put together again. And he outfits each with La Bella flatwound strings and has each one set up properly. The question is: Does all that work make for a guitar that lives up to the Stromberg name?

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