Dating an epiphone les paul guitar
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.
In 1928, Dopyera and his brothers formed a company to produce these guitars.
The company was called DOBRO for DOpyera BROthers, but the word also means "good" in the Slovak language.
Amati of Kraslice has been in the instrument-manufacturing business for over 180 years.
"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.That year, the company got a new manager, a certain Josef Ruzicka.It was Ruzicka's decision to experiment with electric guitars, and by 1954 Ruzicka and the designer Vlcek produced the company's first electric instrument.There were others, including Resonet, Neoton, Lignatone and others.But these were all just different brands, produced by various factories in different cities.