Dating acoustic guitars
The last independent firms were forcibly nationalized by the early 1950's.
Once the collectivization was complete, centralized control was forced on everything and any private venture was strictly forbidden.
Dopyera and his family emigrated from Slovakia in 1908 and settled in Los Angeles.
In a quest for increased volume during the pre-electric era, Dopyera invented the resophonic (resonator) guitar.
The Amistar guitar company has been producing fine resophonic guitars in Prague since 1992.Under this centralization, the identities of the original companies became blurred into one faceless mass, and the lack of surviving records only adds to the confusion.That is why some Jolana guitars are marked "Krnov" and others "Horovice", for example, and that is why it is so difficult to reconstruct the history timeline today. the Grazioso (original ad from Melody Maker magazine c. We do know exactly how the first Czech electric guitar came about.After the war, Czechoslovakia was re-established as a communist state.In 1948 all private companies started to become nationalized.