Italia Guitars

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Italia Guitars
Type Private
Industry Musical instruments
Founder(s) MirrMusic Co.,LTD
Headquarters Korea, Republic Of
Owner(s) MirrMusic Co.,LTD
Website italiaguitars.com

Italia Guitars is a manufacturer of retro-styled electric guitars. The company was founded in 1998 with a line of guitars designed in England by luthier Trevor Wilkinson and manufactured in South Korea.

Description[edit]

Most guitars are based on other guitars manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s. For example, the basic shape of the Maranello is based on a Swedish Hagström of the late 1950s. The Modena is based on an Italian Crucianelli from the early 1960s.[1] The guitars have been used by many musicians, most notably Chris Rea who discovered them after recovering from pancreatitis and deciding to embrace blues. A chance trip to a local music store led him to discover Italia guitars. He found they so perfectly suited him that he bought four for recording and touring, saying "I've played the best guitar of my life on that guitar."[2]

Guitars[edit]

  • Maranello Classic, Speedster, '61, '63, Semitone
  • Mondial Classic, Deluxe, Sportser
  • Rimini 6, 12, Twin
  • Fiorano Standard, Corian
  • Modena Classic, Revolution
  • Imola
  • Modulo Tipo1, Tipo3
  • Torino
  • Monza

Basses[edit]

  • Maranello Classic Bass, Z Bass
  • Mondial Classic Bass, Deluxe Bass, Sportster Bass
  • Rimini Bass
  • Modulo Tipo1 Bass, Tipo3 Bass
  • Torino Bass
  • Imola 4 Bass, 5 Bass

Artists notable for their use of Italia Guitars[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

An Italia Mondial Classic guitar is featured prominently in the 2005 Japanese movie Linda Linda Linda performed by Yuu Kashii as Kei Tachibana. An Italia Mondial II "Woody" guitar was also played by Haruhi Suzumiya in the 2006 anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

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