These were beginner or student grade budget guitars. A four string tenor model was also available. Essentially they were copying although they refer to it as 'making a reproduction' of an already inexpensive USA made guitar. They were sold under the Winston brand name , and they were actually "badged" guitars, made for an import firm. Waterloo WL A few years ago, before his passing, luthier Bill Collings, of Collings guitars launched a new venture. He wanted to recreate guitars made in the 's, that had "that" sound you would find on a guitar much like an Oscar Schmidt made Stella guitar and other brands of the era.
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Tweet on Twitter Circa Stella Concert. Had blues legend Huddie William Ledbetter a. Leadbelly not played a Stella string, the brand might only have been remembered as the name on cheap, faux-finished birch acoustics that poured out of the Harmony factory in the s. But, in fact, the brand as represented by this circa Stella Concert, has a long and honored place in guitar history as part of the legacy of the Oscar Schmidt company. Detailed documentation of the Schmidt company awaits further scholarship, but the rough outlines are known. Oscar Schmidt was born in Saxony, Germany, and was trained as a bookbinder. He moved to America, where in be began a music publishing company.