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aa New York City✭✭✭✭
Anyone ever seen a guitar version of this:

http://strohviolin.com/ ?

Not a resonator guitar, but something built like one of these with a horn?


  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
    Found one! under stroviols here


    does anyone know if these any luthiers build these? maybe with a guitar body so that it can fit in your lap.. ?
  • Wow...super cool! :shock: :shock: :shock:

    I've always wanted a tri-cone reso guitar made with Selmer like specs....that would be nifty!

  • for those too lazy to find it:

    Stroviols Instruments.

    These fantastic instruments are often believed to have been the
    source of John Dopyera's resonator concept. They were invented by John
    Matthias Augustus Stroh, and were at their most popular in the early
    1900's. They are the subject of two British Patents, No.9418 dated 1899
    & No.3393 dated 1901.

    Stroh was a watchmaker who settled in Britain in 1851, and who
    worked with the British inventor Charles

    in the mid to late 19th century. There is more information on their
    work, especially concerning their collaboration on the Wheatstone
    Concertena HERE , and their 'automatic telegraph' work HERE. Stroh was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1828
    and died in London, Great Britain in 1914.

    Instruments bearing the Stroviols name were made by his son Charles
    from about 1901 to 1924, and then under licence in Britain by George
    Evans & Co, up till about 1942. The violins alone are now being
    manufactured by Strohviolin.

    Another source of information is about half way down the 'Krionics play Stroh' page, and a Stroh Violin can
    be seen and heard in the movie Bloodhounds
    of Broadway

    The Hawaiian guitar.

    a Strohviols instrument

    a Strohviols instrument

    a Strohviols instrument

    a Strohviols instrument

    a Strohviols instrument

    Pictures ©Brian Cohen.


    Although 4 string violins seen to have been the most common of all
    the instruments, we have heard of single string violins (aparently
    refered to a 'Jap fiddles'. Some just have the large horn to project
    the sound out towards the listeners, others (the 'Concert model') also
    have a second, smaller horn to feed sound to the player's ear. .

    If you have any pictures we would be please to add them to these

    a Strohviols instrument

    a Strohviols instrumenta Strohviols instrument

    From the collection of Tony Bingham, this Stroh violin, is signed
    with a transfer on the body, "STROHVIOLS / TRADE MARK / REGISTERED"
    made in England c.1910. Height 61.0cm. The body of lacquered wood, the
    diaphram and horns of aluminium.


    "Fiddles with Horns" by Joseph Pilling, from The Galpin Society
    Journal Volume XXVIII, 1975.

    British Patents No.9418 dated 1899 & No.3393 dated 1901. Both
    taken out by J.M.A.Stroh

    Catalogue of John E Dallas & Sons Ltd, London 1922, p.52.
    illustrating a similar Strohviol


    Thanks to Tony for the pictures and information.


    a Strohviols instrument a Strohviols instrument

    I regret I don't know the source of these pictures, so if you do
    know please tell me!


    a Strohviols instrument

    Picture © Frank Ford. www.frets.com

  • BTW, there was this unusual band from Scotland in the 80s the did this Celtic-Swing fusion stuff. Their violinist used the stroh violin on some cuts....funky sound!

    More about them here: http://www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/inart595.htm

    They call it a "phono fiddle," but I think it's the same thing as a stroh-violin.
  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
    yeah, me too. i've tried to find someone who'd build a resonator to selmer style specs..even those guys in australia... but nobody wants to do it.

    also, i played an old harmony guitar from the 30s (?), and while it didn't have much tone due to bad wood, it felt great to play- i was able to dig in really easily. it turns out that it only had 2 braces..and i believe they ran parallel from tailpiece end to the the neck joint.
  • funny, there was an old 50s harmony flatop I played in a local store years ago and it was a screamer!
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