While there is much that is not known about many of the Gibson-made brands, this book takes an in-depth look at all of the known brands Gibson made from 1929 to 1961 including Ambassador, Capital, Cromwell, Fascinator, FDH, Grinnell, Hayden, Kalamazoo, Kel Kroydon, Liberty, Henry Mason, Marshall Special, Martelle, Mastertone Special, Old Kraftsman (Spiegel), Oriole, Paynes for Music, Recording King (Montgomery Ward), Reznick Radio Special, S.S. Stewart, Tex Star, Trujo/Truett, Washburn, and Werlein Leader.

From 1925 through 1961 Gibson, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan produced over 40 brands of musical instruments that did not carry the Gibson name. Many of these brands may be familiar with such names as Kalamazoo, Recording King, National and Washburn, while many others are names that only a handful of avid Gibsonites will know like Werlein Leader, Grinnell, Truett, and many more.


This book 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 at the local garage sale, this guide will familiarize you with even the most obscure brands Gibson made.

by Paul Fox (2010)

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Paul Fox, owner of Fox Guitars has two great passions – music and woodworking that he's combined to make Fox Guitars a life-long dream come true. Fox Guitars offers full repair and restoration services for acoustic and electric guitars and mandolins. Paul Fox is also a musical instrument researcher and historian with an emphasis on Gibson and Epiphone and had an article on the “House of Stathopoulo Harp Guitar” published in the May, 2010 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. (a reprint is available on this website). He is also a published author of several bass guitar books, including “How To Play The Bass Guitar” first published in 1978. We are located in the Boston area in Lowell, MA. This website also includes lots of FREE guitar history, including vintage guitar data about Gibson and Epiphone, including catalogs, old magazines & advertisements, patents, historic information and much more.