|Don E. Noble & Company|
Somehow Noble became involved with business man Norman Sackheim. Eventually the name became Strum and Drum.
|Italian made mid-1960's Nobel Guitar|
Between Nobel, and Sackheim they imported quite a line-up that included Italiian guitars from EKO, Avanti, Wandre, and Goya. In 1969 Strum and Drum purchased the National Guitar brand name.
The logo was a stylized music staff, with the name Norma entered with the "N" as artistically designed 8th note. On some "high-end" models, the fret maker inlays were done in the letter "N".
|1966 Norma Guitars|
|1966 Tombo Guitar|
As an aside “Tombo” is the Japanese word for Dragonfly The company is still active, but no longer manufacturers guitars. They now specialize in harmonicas under the Lee Oskar brand name. Some of the Norma guitars may have been manufactured by Teisco.
|1969 Norma electric|
very similar to a Goya Rangemaster
The necks on these guitars were rather thick, possibly due to not have an adjustable truss rod. The single coil pickups are basic, and some guitars had as many as four pickups.
|1966 Norma Bass Guitars|
Then there are switches and knobs; lots of them. Most of these guitars and bass guitars were sold with a chipboard case, and retailed well below $100.
|Mid 1960's Norma Catalog|
Unfortunately after purchasing National Guitar, Norman Sackheim was killed in a plane crash while on a trip to Moscow. I know the company existed at lease until 1972.
|'68 Norma 12|
By far my favorite Norma electric guitar was their 12 string. The body was based on an exaggerated version of a Fender Stratocaster.
|Head stock of 12 string|
The headstock was an exaggerated version of a Rickenbacker 12 string.
This guitar also came in a six string version with four pickups, lots of switches, and knobs. In doing some further research on Norma Guitars, I have learned that these guitars are prized by collectors, and are currently selling in the $800 to $1000 USD range.
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