Re: S. S. Stewart/Gibson guitars? Also Elderly's.

Most Steward guitars were made by harmony who bought them out in around 1945. Type in Harmony and go to Harmony central for the whole story...

: Here is a synopsis of what I can find out about S.S. Stewart since a recent posting and reply. There is much more info, but nothing confirming that Gibson actually made any S.S. Stewart guitars.

: Firstly S.S. Stewart was formed by the Bauer & Stewart fanilies in 1898 to make Banjos. They let Gibson make their banjos for them, very early. In 1899 S.S. Stewart died. His sons went on to form a new, unrelated company. From 1901 - 1910 Bauer kept on making S.S. Stewart banjos. Sorry, no mention of guitars yet, though some tenor guitars were produced, not confirmed as Gibsons. Even now, the banjos of this time are referred to as either "not Gibsons" or for whatever reason as "possibly by Gibson". In 1911 Feenophone takes over, probably making some guitars. In 1915 the brand became the property of Bugellsein & Jacobsen of New York. They were always involved with guitars but if anyone is interested, feel free to research.

: Here's the good part. Eventually, Slingerland (drums) acquired B & J, then Gibson bought Slingerland. Just my guess, that would put an end to B & J and any S.S. Stewart guitars - that's how the biggies swallow competition. Now Slingerland is a premium marque in drums, owned by Gibson. You can see what Gibson currently owns on their website.

: The guitar story is shrouded in rumours & mystery. No confirmations. If anyone can help with the question that was posted earlier, though this gives new direction to research ... I recommend either or They do this for a living, and do it very well. Personally, I think all guitarists from all over the world should make a pilgrimage to Elderly's. Strat man Dwight


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