Italia Guitars

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Italia Guitars
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1998; 25 years ago (1998)
FounderMirrMusic Co., Ltd.
HeadquartersSouth Korea
ProductsElectric guitars, basses
OwnerMirrMusic Co., Ltd.

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


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]



  • Europa
  • Fiorano Standard, Corian
  • Imola
  • Jeffrey Foskett Signature JF6, JF12, JFQ
  • Maranello Classic, Speedster, '61, '63, Semitone
  • Mondial Classic, Deluxe, Sportser
  • Modena Classic, Challenge, Revolution, Semitone, Sitar
  • Modulo Tipo1, Tipo3
  • Monza
  • Rimini 6, 12, Twin double neck
  • Torino


  • Imola 4, 5, GP, GP5
  • Maranello Classic, Cavo
  • Modulo Tipo1, Tipo3
  • Mondial Classic, Deluxe, Sportster
  • Rimini
  • Torino


Some artists that perform/have performed with Italia guitars are:

In 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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