Dating aria bass
Dating aria bass
As it says on a 1957 warranty card, "Resonet: the mark of the first Czechoslovak electrophonic instruments".
This model was called the Resonet Akord, and with it the manufacture of electric guitars in Czechoslovakia takes its start.Since then, a lot of new information has come to light, enough to dedicate this third installment of "Guitars Of The Cold War" exclusively to guitars built in Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic has a rich musical instrument building heritage.The Bohemia region is renowned for string instrument manufacture.The year was 1953, the city was Blatna, and the company was the Drevokov Cooperative."Drevokov" means something like "Woodcraft" ("drevo" is "wood" in Czech) and the Drevokov Cooperative was a nationalized furniture company which specialized in producing wall paneling and other wood products.Some of the world's best violins and cellos come from this part of the world.
Petrof pianos have been built in Hradec Kralove since 1864, Hofmann & Czerny in Jihlava since 1871.When I wrote my original article about Eastern European guitars [Guitars of the Cold War, Vintage Guitar Magazine, January 2002], I was still in the process of researching the roots of these instruments.In the first two installments, I had focused on Russia almost exclusively, though I did mention Jolana guitars briefly.No until the Velvet Revolution in 1989 were there any new opportunities for private enterprise. The Ministry of Industry of the Czechoslovak Republic established one big national company called CSHN (Ceskoslovenske Hudebni Nastroje, meaning Czechoslovak Musical Instruments) and set a production plan: so many acoustic guitars from this factory, so many electric guitars from that factory, and so on.As we will see, Jolana wasn't the only Czech guitar brand.Technically, there was no such thing as the Jolana or Resonet guitar companies.