Plug in and sound great with Kremona


One of the features of stage-ready Kremona guitars that players love most is the onboard electronics. Kremona has partnered with top acoustic pickup designers to make sure the plugged-in sound of these handcrafted guitars is every bit as good as it is acoustically.

The dual-source Fishman Presys Blend is the standard option for Reinhardt Kiano, Verea, Rondo R65CWCRondo TL, Fiesta F65CW TLR, Rosa Luna, and Sofia S63CW. Blending a built-in condenser mic with the Sonicore undersaddle piezo offers a wealth of versatile sounds. The Presys Blend adds an anti-feedback control to the impressive EQ and blend features, as well as a built-in LED tuner.

The Fishman Clasica III is a simple, straightforward, great-sounding nylon-string pickup, thanks to the Sonicone undersaddle piezo. Found on the Soloist Series F65CW, it features a built-in LED tuner, three bands of EQ, and a phase switch. The low-profile knobs offer convenient, unobstructed onstage control.

The Fishman Isys T is an easy-to-use steel-string pickup with a beautiful tone. Standard on the M15E, the Sonicone undersaddle piezo offers a quick attack with a balanced sound. The pickup features a built-in LED tuner, contour EQ, and a phase switch.

An industry standard for acoustic pickups, the Fishman Prefix Pro Blend is dual-source model that adds a Matrix undersaddle pickup to the internal microphone for a balanced sound that captures every nuance of a player's performance. A wide-rage parametric EQ is onboard, as well as an LED tuner, phase and blend controls. This model comes standard on Fiesta CW-7 and F65CW-SB guitars.

The discreet L.R. Baggs Element Active System VTC features an endpin-mounted preamp, with volume and tone controls placed just inside the soundhole. It has a built-in low-frequency compressor for a clean, never-boomy sound that cuts through the most cluttered mixes. Found on the Reinhardt Damien and steel-string R35E, R30E, M25E CW, and M20E CW models, its high-fidelity response is welcome in any performance.

Many steel- and nylon-string models with onboard electronics are available now. Stop by your favorite Kremona guitar retailer to demo one for yourself.


A variety of bracing patterns for a wealth of tones


In addition to the guitar's tonewoods, body shape, and scale length, the bracing pattern also plays a role in the sound. Guitar braces are strips of wood glued to the underside of the top. Braces provide strength to the top, which is a single piece of wood that has been shaved very thin to vibrate freely and offer good resonance. Without bracing, the tension of the strings would cause it to bend and eventually break. There are many bracing styles, and Kremona uses a different one for each guitar series. 

The Soloist Series guitars are based on Panormo-style bracing. Louis Panormo was from a Sicilian violin-making family that settled in London. He built guitars from around 1816 to 1850 and was one of the first luthiers to use a fan-style bracing pattern. Modified fan bracing was later used by Torres and many others. This simple style offers a great sound and is what most Spanish-style bracing that came later is based on. 

The Artist Series guitars have a bracing pattern based on guitars built by Torres. Antonio de Torres build guitars from the mid to later 1800s. He made his guitars larger than previous models with thinner, lighter soundboards that were arched in both directions. His bracing struts were laid out geometrically, based on two triangles joined at their base, creating a kite or hourglass shape with the inside braces set symmetrically. This made for a louder, fuller sound that changed guitar making forever. 

The Flamenco Series bracing is based on a traditional flamenco pattern. All bracing patterns for nylon-string guitars made by Kremona are based on time-tested building standards, with the workshop making its own design developments over the 90 years its been handcrafting instruments.   

The bracing of the steel-string series is a replica of the ones used by the master artisans of Markneukirchen, Germany. C.F. Martin and Kremona founder Dimitar Georgiev both learned their craft in that city and used the same bracing pattern on their early guitars.