Kremona is a European company founded in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, by Dimitar Georgiev in 1924. Recognized for superb build quality and expansive tone, Kremona instruments have been the trusted choice of musicians worldwide for over a century. Handcrafted with precision and passion, these incredible instruments offer unparalleled value in the music world. 



The history of Kremona begins with founder Dimitar Georgiev. He was a talented gunsmith and mechanical engineer, drafted into the Bulgarian army during WWI. Georgiev played the mandolin and brought it with him on deployments. Being mechanically inclined, he repaired and maintain his and others mandolins in the field. As the war dragged on, he observed the terrible effect of weapons on humanity and vowed to use his skills in another area. 


DImitar Georgiev, founder of first Bulgarian stringed musical instrument workshop 

Dimitar with his brothers, Boncho and Ivan, holding the initial signboard of the Kremona workshop


After the war, Georgiev returned to Bulgaria and began working on violins, mandolins, and guitars. He quickly excelled at repair and, in 1922, earned an apprenticeship with an expert luthier in Germany. 


Standard-size guitar, 1928

Concert-size guitar, 1928

Flat-back mandolin, 1928

Violin, 1928


To master his craft, he went to Markenukirchen, a centuries-old luthier town. This village was the center of German musical instrument making, with dozens of violin and guitar builders. Christian Frederick Martin, the founder of C.F. Martin Guitars, was born in Markneukirchen and built his first guitars there.


German-style Kremona Clover model, dating from the 1920s-1930s, bearing the Markneukirchen influence


After Dimitar perfected his skills, he returned to Kazanlak and founded a workshop with his two brothers. In 1924, Kremona was the first studio in Bulgaria to craft stringed instruments, including guitars, mandolins, and violins.


An early print ad featuring the product range

Cover of the first Kremona catalog, 1928


Kremona guitars quickly became so popular by 1931 that Dimitar brought two luthiers from Markneukirchen to help increase production to meet the growing demand. In the late 1940s, Kremona began making steel-string guitars, electric guitars, pianos, cases, and strings.


Handcrafted production as seen in the 1920s

Assembly shown in the original workshop


Kremona guitars have been in the hands of great performers. In the early 1980s, the legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure happened upon one that became his favorite, and he played it in many concerts and appeared with it on album covers.


Ali Farka Touré on the cover of his 1990 album, "African Blues"


Building instruments by hand in the European tradition, Kremona has no outsourcing, with all the guitar parts and components are built and put together in the same workshop. Plus, every instrument gets professional inspection and setup prior to being sent to the hands of players.


Hand-inlayed wood rosette done at the modern-era, Kremona workshop

Wood binding placed on a guitar by hand


Over the last 20 years, Kremona has gained increasing popularity, rivaling the groundbreaking start of the workshop nearly 100 years ago. These handmade instruments feature an old-world tradition that meets world-class production. The current lineup features premium and exotic tonewoods and models from the classics to the contemporary, such as nylon-string crossovers with cutaways and radiused fingerboards, a revolutionary 7-string nylon guitar, beautiful sounding all-solid ukuleles, and fantastic steel-string guitars.


Singer-songwriter Jessica Malone with her R35E steel-string guitar