Stella was a brand of guitars. The Stella brand was owned by the Oscar Schmidt Company and was founded around 1899.[1] Stella produced low-mid level stringed instruments. Stella guitars were played by several notable artists including Leadbelly and Charlie Patton. Doc Watson began playing on a Stella guitar. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana played an acoustic Stella guitar on the recording of the song Polly from the Nevermind album. Stella was acquired by the Harmony Company in 1939. The brand was dissolved in 1974. It has since been reintroduced by MBT International.

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