Antoria: Informations

Antoria is the brand used by some UK distributors of [Ibanez] guitars (from Hoshino Gakki Gen Inc.) in the mid 60s.

Early Antorias were built by Guya (who were also responsible for Guyatone & Star guitars), and were heavily influenced by the styling of well known makes such as Fender and Gibson. Later Antorias (circa 1970s) were built in the Fuji Gen-Gakki factory in Japan - the same factory that produced Ibanez, Greco, Roland and Casio products. (source: antoria MSNs groupe)

ANTORIA GUITARS were first introduced into the UK from Japan in the early 1950s. Two of the earliest users of Antoria were Hank Marvin, there are pictures on the internet showing Hank playing his one on stage with The Shadows, and possibly Marty Wilde, as pictured on the sleeve of The Greatest Hits CD. The Guitars were originally imported by JT Coppock (Leeds) Ltd and Charles Summerfield Ltd.

Up until the end of 2006, the brand was owned and distributed by the late John Lawson who probably acquired it in the 1980s.

In 2007 Adam Hall are proud to have purchased the Antoria brand from John Lawson and have now re-introduced these high quality instruments into the World market. The Electric Guitars are now produced in Korea, and arrive at the dealers in the UK after being professionally set up by Tim Gentle Music, who purchased Antoria from Adam Hall in 2010. The Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic models are produced in China from the best quality woods, bindings and inlays.
(source: Antoria web site)


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