ABOUT THIS INSTRUMENT
Soft playing action and great tone are the hallmarks of Kremona's Soloist Series guitars.
A solid Red Cedar top offers richness and warmth, while the Sapele back and sides maintain a clean tonal balance while providing excellent projection.
Smart looking and long lasting, these hand crafted instruments from Bulgaria are a great choice for any serious student of the guitar.
They are available in scale lengths from 650mm to 440mm, with corresponding fingerboard widths.
Soundboard: Solid Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides: African Sapele
Scale Length: 620mm
Width at Nut: 48mm
Body Type: Petite Classical (7/8)
Neck: African Mahogany
Bindings: Wood Fiber
Finish: Natural Gloss PU
Origin: Kremona, Bulgaria
Extras: Deluxe Kremona Gig Bag
THE INSTRUMENT'S FAMILY
Nestled within the vast Rodopi Mountains of Southern Bulgaria lies the majestic valley of Orpheus, mythological home to the father of songs and the great poet of antiquity.
There is an old story that Stradivari and Amati bought much of their wood from the Rodopi Mountains.
Part of the secret of Orpheus Valley Guitars’ sound lies in the acoustic characteristics of the Spruce and Maple found in these ancient forests.
The history of Orpheus Valley Guitars begins early in the 20th Century with a man by the name of Dimitar Georgiev. He began his career as a gunsmith, eventually designing and building machine guns that were mechanical art pieces of their time.
Summoned to fight in World War I, Georgiev decides that his art form produces a horrific tool that hurts men, and turns his back on the craft.
While still on the battle fronts of Europe, he begins to find solace in music, playing the mandolin. Constantly forced to repair his war-battered instrument, he develops his skills as a luthier.
Returning home to Bulgaria, he produces his own hand carved instruments: mandolins, violins, and finally guitars. The quality of these prototypes earn him a prestigious apprenticeship in Markneukirchen, Germany.
Finally, in 1924, he opens his shop in Kremona, with the help of his brothers and two German master craftsmen.
Today, the company employs 100 craftsmen and support staff, who constantly strive to improve the look, feel, and sound of their guitars and bowed instruments.