Kremona -- makers of handcrafted nylon-stringed guitars, solid wood ukuleles and hand carved orchestral stringed instruments-- combines old-world artistry with modern technology and responsible sourcing in bringing true European craftsmanship to musicians around the globe at an astonishing value.
Each Kremona instrument is made by a highly-skilled team within the walls of their European workshop. Each carries the builders’ love for craft into the hands and ears of discerning players. Adhering to artisan principals, Kremona does not outsource the construction of their instruments. Each is built with pride, just for you.
A piece of Kremona history
After serving as a mechanical engineer during World War I, Dimitar Georgiev exited the fronts of Europe to pursue his passion for musical instruments. He excelled at Markneukirchen, the legendary burg where Richard Jacob Weissgerber and Christian Frederick Martin learned the craft of guitar making. Dimitar then returned home to Bulgaria where --with his two brothers-- he founded Kremona in 1924.
Today, Kremona celebrates 90 successful years in the lutherie arts. Their goal has never been to conquer the market with advertising budgets or lifestyle gimmicks. When Kremona introduced their guitars to North America in 2004 they earned their place the old fashioned way, by appealing to the hearts, minds and talents of guitarists, one instrument at a time.
Kremona Artist Series
Crafted entirely of all-solid, carefully selected and seasoned tone woods from all over the world, each Artist Series guitar has a unique timbre, ranging from the traditional to the exotic. The current Artist Series offering includes instruments built from African sapele, Bulgarian walnut, Indian rosewood, South American cocobolo, and Indian silver oak (lacewood). These are paired with either a spruce or red cedar soundboard. .
Kremona Flamenco Series
Across a bevy of compelling tone wood choices both customary and fresh, each Flamenco Series guitar is replete with traditional build values, from the Andalusian bracing pattern to an expertly set shallow/flat neck angle. The current Flamenco Series lineup includes instruments built from cypress, Madagascar rosewood, Bulgarian beech, Indian silver oak (lacewood), Indian rosewood and Bulgarian Ash. All are topped with solid European spruce. .
Kremona Performer Series
The Performer Series is groomed for players demanding European handcrafted tradition and the option to plug in and be heard from the stage. This series includes both six and seven-stringed instruments, a variety of Fishman Preamp configurations, 52, 50 and 48mm neck widths, and the thin-bodied Rondo TL model. Performer Series instruments feature Indian Rosewood or Bulgarian walnut with tops of solid red cedar or spruce. .
Kremona Crossover Series
The Kremona Crossover Series offers refinements for players seeking the lavish tone and sensitivity of nylon strings with a feel similar to that of a steel-string or arched-top guitar. Crossover Series guitars have narrow 48mm neck widths, 63CM scale lengths and fingerboards with a gentle 500mm radius. Choices in the Crossover Series include solid bubinga/solid spruce and sapele/solid cedar. Each Crossover series instrument features a cutaway and Fishman electronics. .
Kremona Soloist Series
Soft playing action and great tone are hallmarks of Kremona’s handcrafted Soloist Series. Solid red cedar tops offer richness and warmth, while sapele backs and sides maintain tonal balance and superb projection. Smart and lasting instruments for serious students of any age, Kremona Soloist Series guitars are available in full and fractional scale lengths. .
Kremona honors the unique lineage of the ukulele, from its beginnings in Portugal to its refinements in Hawaii clear through to its wild re-birth in mainland North America. Kremona’s own ninety-year history of European craftsmanship plays a big role in the soulful tone and feel of their ukuleles, available in solid mahogany and solid rosewood with a solid cedar top.