Wow! What a beautiful instrument! 1920’s (possibly late teens) Stromberg Banjo mandolin!

Stromberg instruments embody the 1920’s. Upmost quality of musicality and stunning aesthetic beauty together as one. The instruments, not even considering the crazy inlay work and just how they play and sound, are so undeniably awesome. I’ve played their guitars, banjos, and this banjo mandolin (banjolin?) and they’re completely unlike anything else. Big huge tones and volume meant to be heard while unamplified over horns and drums with lightning fast playability designed for brisk 1920’s jazz and burgeoning big band music. This mandolin absolutely rips and it’s super inspiring to play, would make a great gypsy jazz mandolin but can also do the REM folk thing just as well.

The inlays are insane. Stromberg was based in Boston, he asked a dentist up the street from him if he could do some inlay work on his guitars. That dentist then proceeded to do some of the best and most famous inlay work in the world of guitars. Those inlays on the neck are just so captivating and incredible, they fit perfectly and are so unique and beautiful! Such stunning inlays. The metal work on the lugs and the rim are super elegant, beautiful swooping angles, and that hand tapped engraving on the tailpiece is very attractive as well. I love that abalone square inlay on the headstock, that one has some crystal ball power. Strombergs definitely capture a time in America 100 years ago, a strange celebratory time bookended by tragedies.

The teens sucked. WWI, the last pandemic, that was not good times. The 20’s, whole different story. People wanted to get wasted on newly illegal alcohol and super potent over the counter drugs so they could play insanely loud acoustic instruments that could be heard over drums and without a microphone. We’ve all seen Boardwalk Empire and that time was nuts, little dangerous but overall that looked pretty awesome. Honestly I think I would do pretty alright back then, I’ll tell you what I would own a guitar and banjo shop and when you came in the door I would remember your name and ask you about your family. I’m basically doing that here so please for a moment imagine that we’re in the 1920’s and I’m asking how your family is and giving you the hot gossip on the street.

Anyway, this mandolin totally rips, it still rips, and it will continue to rip. Strombergs are rare and amazing, some of the coolest American acoustic instruments ever made. I’m selling this for my friend Adam who owns Satellite Amplifiers, he’s given me a great education on these killer instruments. Great mandolin!

Listed2 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Banjo Mandolin
  • 1920’s
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  • United States

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