Frères Gérome

Frères Gérome Double Table Mandolin from 1990

René Gérome was born in 1884 in Paris.
He was mobilized during the First World War until becoming music director in Mostaganem, Algeria.

After the war, he trained first by working at Laberte, specializing in instrument decorations, then by working for L'huilier, a mechanical manufacturer.

And it was in 1920 that he opened his workshop in Mirecourt.


He produced many instruments, following musical styles, in order to best meet the needs of musicians of the time, such as: flat and/or double-top mandolins, banjo, jazz, folk and Hawaiian guitars, ukulele and balalaika.

His three sons, André, born in 1910, René, born in 1914 and Roger, born in 1918, participated in the development of the workshop from the 1930s.

And in the early 1950s, René Gérôme and his sons produced up to 1,000 mandolins and 900 guitars per year.

Then, at the age of 82, in 1967, René Gérôme handed over the business to his three sons who now produce under the “Freres Gérôme” label. And in 1968, Lucien Gérôme bought the house from his brothers.

Here for sale, a double table flat mandolin model in excellent condition, incorporating Lucien Gelas' patent.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Stained Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony stained fruit wood
  • Width at nut: 26 mm
  • Radius: Flat
  • Frets: 21 frets (+ one 0 fret)
  • Scale: 330 mm
  • Profile: V
  • Pickguard: Imitation tortoiseshell
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Country of manufacture: France, Mirecourt
  • Year: 1990
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: Rosette in alternating maple-ebony fillet / Pistagne in alternating rosewood-maple-rosewood-ebony
  • Details: Excellent condition

Fully tuned with a new set of strings, this mandolin is completely playable and in excellent condition. Note that it is rare to obtain good playing comfort like this on a double table mandolin. This mandolin is in remarkable condition.

Good projection, good sustain with a typical tone, this mandolin has a sound that will delight you.

Delivered without case.

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